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Starting a Uni Course is a big advantage - even if you do not see it through

Posted on 22 May 2018
Starting a Uni Course is a big advantage - even if you do not see it through
A recent report from the Grattan Institute shows there are strong advantages for students who attend university, even if they do not finish their degree.

More than 50,000 students who started university in Australia this year will drop out. While there are some costs, the research showed students who had not completed a university degree still enjoyed a strong advantage in the jobs market. Key findings from the report include:

  • on average, students pay $12,000 for an incomplete course
  • students who study part-time are much more likely to drop out than full-time students
  • students who enrol in three or four subjects a year half as many as a full-time student have only about a 50 per cent chance of completing their course in eight years
  • students with ATARs below 60 are twice as likely to drop out of university as otherwise similar students with ATARs above 90
  • three in five students with an incomplete degree surveyed for the report believed their course had still taught them useful skills
  • nearly eight in 10 commencing bachelor's degree students had completed their qualification within eight years or were still enrolled
  • most students who left their qualification before completing think they would be better off in their lives with a degree than without
  • the majority of students who exit the system do so within the first year
Universities Australia chief executive Belinda Robinson said the share of students leaving university without completing a degree is around where it was a decade ago despite the expansion of university access to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

"That's a real achievement given there are more students at Australian universities than ever before," Ms Robinson said.

"The reasons why some students do not complete their degrees are complex and often beyond the control of those students and their universities. It can include everything from sudden ill health and financial difficulties through to the challenge of juggling work, study and family life," she said.


You can find the full Report HERE

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