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Tuition Fees (Peterborough)

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) Peterborough city council area are exempt from tuition fees. (77914)

The number of students from Peterborough local authority making no contribution to their tuition fees in 2003/04 was 7901. Data for 2004/05 onwards are not available as student applications from Peterborough were processed by another local authority (Cambridgeshire), and can not be disaggregated.

Students on full-time undergraduate courses and their families are expected to make a contribution towards the cost of their tuition based on household income. Students from lower income backgrounds are wholly or partially exempt from paying tuition fees.

From 2006/07 upfront fees are abolished and full-time students will be eligible for tuition fee loans of up to £3,000. In addition, we expect around 30 per cent. of students to receive the full maintenance grant of £2,700 and an HE institution bursary of at least £300. Overall, we expect around half of all eligible students to receive at least some maintenance grant.

1 Rounded to the nearest 10 students.