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Tuition Fees

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much he estimates will be raised for higher education from students' tuition fees, net of state support, in each of the financial years (a) 2004–05, (b) 2005–06, (c) 2006–07 and (d)2007–08. [107393]

Net of state support, the estimate of UK and EU-domiciled students' contribution to tuition fees in institutions in England for 2004–05 is £457 million. The estimate for 2005–06 is £485 million. No estimates have been made of students' contributions for years following that. The actual level of income raised will depend on the decisions institutions make about the fees charged. Where students choose to defer those contributions, the Government will advance the money to institutions and recover the funds from students after graduation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evidence his Department has collated from (a) the United States (b) Australia, (c) Canada and (d) New Zealand on the impact of different tuition fees on access to university for students from different socio-economic backgrounds; and if he will place it in the Library. [108703]

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave on 7 April 2003, Official Report, column 81W.