Loss of scholarship contributes to dropout rate

Analysis

Many Hungarians who lose their state scholarships because of poor grades at university drop out because of the high cost of tuition, business daily Világgazdaság said.

"The dropout rate in tertiary education in Hungary is high because students are often removed from state scholarship and reclassified as tuition-payers due to poor grades," Marcell Budai, National Union of Students in Hungary (HÖOK) communications director, told the paper. He noted that a single semester of medical school can cost HUF 1.5 million or more, adding that if students lose their state scholarships because of bad grades, they could switch courses, if they're fortunate, but many simply drop out.

The State Audit Office (ÁSZ) said in a recent analysis that Hungary's higher education system had made "significant advances" toward achieving goals as concentration in vocational training improved; the number of students in dual education programs, combining lectures with practical training, increased; and the proportion of foreign students grew.

At the same time, ÁSZ pointed out that the share of young people with degrees had declined, the dropout rate had stagnated and gauges of competencies upon admission and graduation had failed to materialize.

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