A working paper
by the University of Warwick and the Institute for Fiscal Studies
investigated differences by socio-economic background in the likelihood
of UK students dropping out of university, completing a degree within
five years, and graduating with a first or upper second class degree.
The study found that among young
people on the same course of study, students from the most impoverished
backgrounds were 3.4 percentage points more likely to drop out within
two years than were students from the most advantaged socio-economic
backgrounds. Students from the lowest socio-economic backgrounds were
also 5.3 percentage points less likely to complete their degree.
Source: Socio-economic differences in university outcomes in the UK: drop-out, degree completion and degree class (2014), The Institute for Fiscal Studies