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Student Finance

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of students who applied for (a) student loans and (b) grants from Suffolk Local Education Authority for the 2006-07 academic year received them in time for the start of that year; and what the equivalent figures were in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years. (95461)

By 16 September 2006, Suffolk local authority had received 9,569 student finance applications, of which 91 per cent. had been processed to a point at which loan and grant payments could be released. On the same date in 2005, 68 per cent. of Suffolk's applications had been processed to the same stage and 59 per cent. processed to the same stage in 2004. Students submit one application only for their full student finance entitlement; therefore performance statistics do not distinguish between loans and grants.