Higher Education: Student Wastage

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Dan Byles Dan Byles Conservative, North Warwickshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK-based students started but did not complete a degree course within a specified period at a university in England in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the average student debt of such individuals.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister for Universities and Science, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The numbers of UK-domiciled full-time first degree entrants to higher education institutions in England who were projected to neither gain an award nor transfer to another higher education institution in the UK are shown in Table 1. Figures are taken from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Performance Indicators in Higher Education in the UK. Information for the 2008/09 academic year will become available from April 2011.

Table 1: UK-domiciled full-time first degree entrants to higher education institutions in England projected to neither gain an award nor transfer to another UK higher education institution-academic years 2003/04 to 2007/08
Academic year Entrants Number projected to neither gain an award nor transfer Percentage projected to neither gain an award nor transfer
2003/04 258,530 37,230 14.4
2004/05 258,035 35,610 13.8
2005/06 276,685 38,460 13.9
2006/07 265,895 35,630 13.4
2007/08 280,065 35,570 12.7
Note:

Numbers are rounded to the nearest five and percentages are given to one decimal place.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency Performance Indicators in Higher Education in the UK

Table 2 shows the latest available information from the Student Loans Company (SLC) on students with a student loan balance who are known to have withdrawn. These figures are on a different basis to the HESA figures in Table 1 and should not be combined in calculations. SLC figures cover England domiciled students who attended a Higher Education Institution (HEI) in England, took out a student loan, and for whom the HEI subsequently informed SLC that the student had withdrawn from their course. SLC figures may include postgraduate and part-time Initial Teacher Training students with loans, and refer to the position at 30 April 2010.

Table 2: Students with loans who are known to have withdrawn( 1) England domicile, England Higher Education Institutions-academic years 2004/05 to 2007/08
Academic year of entry to Higher Education Number of students with loans known to have withdrawn Average student loan balance at end of financial year of withdrawal (£)( 2)
2004/05 19,600 6,350
2005/06 20,600 6,260
2006/07 19,400 7,050
2007/08 16,400 6,560
(1) New entrants in the given academic years for whom the higher education institution have provided SLC with confirmation of withdrawal.

(2) Average loan balances include balances in respect of any previous courses (which the student may have completed successfully).

Notes:

1. Data are provisional.

2. Student numbers are rounded to nearest 100.

Source:

Student Loans Company (SLC)

SLC data are not available before 2004/05. Comparable HESA and SLC data are not available.

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