Cash Cuts the Drop-Out Rate; EDUCATION: More College Students See It through to End

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Byline: By Lucy Lynch EDUCATION REPORTER

PAYING some Coventry students up to pounds 30 a week to stick it out at college has proved a success.

The drop-out rates at colleges across the city have fallen since the scheme was introduced.

The number of students who see it through to the end of their course at Henley College in Henley Road, Bell Green, Coventry, has gone up from 78 per cent in 2002 to 86 per cent so far this year.

And at City College Coventry, which has sites in Earlsdon, Tile Hill and Spon End, 85 per cent of students are completing courses, compared to 78 per cent in 2002.

The figures were obtained by the Evening Telegraph under the Freedom of Information Act.

Students aged from 16 to 18 on many full-time courses qualify for up to pounds 30 a week education maintenance allowance, depending on their household income. The grants were introduced in 2003 for students living in Coventry and 2004 for those living in Warwickshire.

Vic Collinson, City College assistant principal, said: "Our retention rates have gone up but we can't point to one thing. …