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Student Grants

Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will bring forward proposals to change the rule under which any student who has undertaken previous advanced study, even if this was self-financed, is ineligible for a mandatory award for any part of a subsequent degree course.

A student's eligibility for a mandatory award would not normally be affected by previous advanced study on a course of less than two years' duration. If the previous course was of exactly two years' duration, he may be eligible for a mandatory award for part of a subsequent designated course.My right hon. Friend has no proposals at present for changing these conditions.