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Student Fees

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students are availing themselves of the arrangements that permit them to take a gap year in 2005-06 and be exempt from variable fees from 2006-07. (74821)

Information from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) shows that, of the 301,798 students from England who obtained a place on a full-time undergraduate course in 2005, 25,171 (or 8.3 per cent.) opted to defer entry to 2006. This is a similar proportion to the previous year, when 23,006 (or 8.3 per cent.) out of 277,079 students deferred entry from 2004 to 2005.