University Business September 2017 - 19

STUDENT SUCCESS

Study: Students have low confidence in ability to finish school
High school students spend a lot of time
worrying about getting into college, but
according to a new study, nearly half
also worry about being able to stay there
once admitted.
That's one finding from a survey of
more than 2,000 students from around
the country. Conducted by Ipsos in May
and released this summer, the study is
intended to establish a baseline for future
research. By tracking changes to the index

Student and parent
persistence worries

55%

-Prospective
students (within one
year of applying) who are "not
very confident" that they will
finish college without needing to
temporarily withdraw

44%

-Prospective students
who are very confident
they will graduate within four years

47%

year over year, colleges and universities
can see how issues are evolving so they
can remain aligned to the expectations of
college-bound students and their families.
Current and prospective students
identified family emergencies (69 percent), stress (66 percent), mental health
(66 percent) and physical health (60
percent) as as the most likely reasons
they would be forced to withdraw.
According to the survey authors, "With
so many students with so many concerns
it is imperative that schools are as direct
and transparent as possible in communicating their tuition refund policies."
Several insights have been uncovered
that could influence the way schools
interact with parents and students. For
example, more than half of prospective
students are "not very confident" they

will finish college without needing to
withdraw at some point. More than 8
in 10 parents say they would be worried
about making student loan payments if
their child had to withdraw.
Moreover, the authors say, parents
and student are often unaware of their
school's refund policy if a student has to
withdraw. Just 16 percent said they were
confident they knew the policy. The financial impact of a potential withdrawal
adds to the anxiety experienced by parents and students, and may jeopardize
the likelihood of program completion.
The Ipsos survey was sponsored by
Allianz Tuition Insurance. "Frankly, we
were shocked by some of the results,"
says company spokesman Dan Durazo.
"We had no idea how much anxiety students and parents face." -Tim Goral

UB Career Center

-Current student who
are very confident they
will graduate on time

52%

-Parents who lack full
confidence that their
student will graduate within four
years

85%

-Parents and students
who agree the financial
implications of withdrawing can be
severe

82%

-Parents who say they
would be worried about
making student loan payments if
their child had to withdraw from
their college program
Source: Ipsos survey sponsored by
Allianz Tuition Insurance,
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