This report focuses on early leaving from higher education. Students coming from poor socio-economic backgrounds are by far the most likely to drop out of higher education. Male students are more at risk of drop-out than female. Students with dependents, women in particular, struggle to balance caring responsibilities with their studies. The same goes for part-time students, who are at greater risk as a result of caring responsibilities or working long hours in a job unrelated to their studies. Also at risk are the minority ethnic students, who may face obstacles of racism or poverty, and students with disabilities who often drop out due to physical problems of access and discrimination.

Sucesso escolar nos alunos de origem cabo-verdiana: o caso dos alunos que ingressam no ensino superior/ Academic success of students with Cape Verdean origin: the case study of the students that enrol into  higher education│Évora, G. (2013)│PHD thesis. Universidade Nova de Lisboa

This study includes a comparative analysis between two groups of Cape Verdean imigrant-descendents students: one with academic success that enrol into higher education and one with school failure. Case studies allow the understanding of these pathways and the contributing factors. The analysis was based on the discourses produced by young people and their guardians, emphazing family behaviours associated with academic success. Conclusions show that, despite economic and social deprivation, some families manage to motivate and support their children to enroll into higher education, by valuing school as a way to social mobilization.