asked the Minister of Education why students who have been given a grant under the Further Education and Training Scheme are required at the end of their last summer term to refund a proportion of that term's instalment of their grant, as exemplified in a case submitted on an undergraduate of London University.
It is not the case that students holding an award under the Further Education and Training Scheme are required to refund to the Ministry in the last term of their course any part of their maintenance grant for that term. My Department has no financial authority to pay a grant for any period after the end of a student's approved course, and the grant for the last year of the course is ordinarily adjusted to cover the period to the end of the academic year only. Where, however, the student ends his course unexpectedly early the Department may find it necessary to ask a student to refund that part of the last instalment of his grant which relates to the maintenance of himself or his dependants for the period after the end of his course. This is the position in the case to which the hon. Member has drawn my attention