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More poorer students dropping out of Uni.

More poorer students dropping out of Uni.

Rising numbers of students from more disadvantaged homes are dropping out of universities in England before completing their studies, figures show.

The proportion of youngsters from disadvantaged families who do not continue after their first year has reached the highest level for five years, says the Office for Fair Access.

Official data shows that in 2014-15, 8.8% of young, full-time, disadvantaged undergraduates did not continue in higher education beyond their first year - up from 8.2% the year before.

By comparison, in 2014-15, less than 5% of those from the wealthiest backgrounds did not continue their studies.

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