Poor doesn’t mean expensive

A study casts doubt on the belief that students from disadvantaged backgrounds use up more resources at university. 
Recent research at La Trobe University’s Equity and Student Services Division questions whether the current costs of educating low socio-economic status (SES) students are higher than for their peers.  Over the past few years universities have been receiving financial incentives for each newly enrolled low-SES student, on the grounds that they are “more expensive” than their fellow students.
These funds were initiated from research cited in the Bradley review that reported that low-SES students are high users of universities’ academic and personal support services. If true, this would mean that the costs of educating and graduating low-SES students are greater than for their peers.  The finding by Bradley et al. is supportive of the literature on low SES students and tertiary study.

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