“No evidence bursaries retain students at risk of drop out” Office for Fair Access

 OFFA RESEARCH FINDS ‘NO EVIDENCE’ OF POSITIVE EFFECT OF BURSARIES ON STUDENT RETENTION

This comment from Claire Callender,Professor of Higher Education at Birkbeck & Institute of Education,

 “As  pointed out throughout this report, the data available at the time of analysis was somewhat
limited and this meant a number of assumptions on bursary take-up and eligibility.

However findings are not surprising given that the key determinant of drop out is prior attainment.

Most people who have entered HE have overcome the key financial barrier and so it is not surprising that bursaries have no significant impact on retention.

A combination of other factors are far more likely to be influential , including not doing well on the course, not liking the subject and financial constraints.

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