Student poverty revealed in survey
Changes in the way students receive grants and other financial support have had a devastating effect on poorer families.
A pilot scheme giving some students up to pound;40-a-week in education maintenance allowances (EMAs) was introduced by Education Secretary David Blunkett.
But local cash was pooled towards a pound;100 million national fund for the three-year EMA pilot, leaving very little for most colleges.
Findings from a survey carried out by the Association of Colleges, revealed exclusively to The TES, are the first sign that Mr Blunkett's strategy to encourage more 16 to 19-year-olds to stay in education is having mixed results.