| THREE in 10 university students in Spain drop out before completing their degree, costing the State 3,000 million euros a year.
Secretary-general of the PP, María Dolores de Cospedal (pictured), justified the government's decision to increase college fees by saying that it would act as a deterrent to students taking the 'easy option' of abandoning their courses.
She also claims it would reverse Spain's current trend of having some of the lowest levels of abilities in maths and languages in Europe and cut the number of school-leavers finishing with no qualifications whatsoever from its current 35 per cent.
“It is unfair to treat students going up to university for the first time the same as those who are starting the same course of study for the fourth time,” Cospedal stressed.
The exact amounts of money involved and whom they will apply to have not yet been formally revealed.