Money a big reason behind college dropouts

Danielle La Valle
News Reporter

The reasons some Humber students drop out are written on the walls.

An ad campaign featured at the college’s campuses suggests 29 per cent of students who don’t finish their programs drop out for financial reasons.

Jane Leaver, the Annual Giving Officer at Humber, said these ads are part of the Humber Gives campaign and feature real students. Leaver said the purpose of the campaign is to raise money for financial need-based scholarships.

Andrew Tibbetts, a counsellor at Humber North campus, said besides running out of money, another key reason for dropping out is that students find they don’t actually like the program they’ve chosen.

Tibbetts said a lack of academic preparation can also be a factor, especially when students find themselves away from home for the first time.

“Kids that squeak through high school because they had really involved parents who helped them with their homework every night and suddenly they’re over at college and that isn’t there anymore, they’re finding it a lot harder,” he said.

Tibbets said not fitting into the social milieu of college and general feelings of homesickness can also be a problem.

However it can be just as problematic when students are so successful at socializing that this takes priority over their studies, he said.

Mental health issues can also be a reason for dropping out.

“Sometimes students first begin to exhibit mental health concerns while they’re in mid-adolescence, so it happens while they’re here in college and they may have a psychotic break that they’ve never had before,” Tibbets said.

Humber offers free counselling, so students with any problems can use this service, and if necessary the counselling office will refer them to other campus services, he said.

Kara-Lee Dell, Peer Programs Coordinator at North campus, said poor math and English skills can also lead students to drop out.

For on-campus tutoring, there is a math, writing and accounting centre, a peer note-taking service, said Dell.

“It is a known fact that because of Grade 12 no longer having the OAC (Grade 13 requirement) here and students are younger coming to college then they used to be, that their math skills and English skills aren’t as good,” said Dell.

For $10, Humber students can receive eight hours of help, he said.

Students interested in using any of the services provided by Peer Tutoring can visit H217 or contact Dell at 416-675-6622, ext. 4263, or at