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Students: Suffolk

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of students who applied for (a) student loans and (b) grants from Suffolk local education authority for the 2007/08 academic year received them in time for the start of that year; and what the equivalent figures were in the 2006/07 academic year. (159216)

By 13 October 2007, Suffolk local authority had received 10,541 student finance applications, of which 87 per cent. had been processed to a point at which loan and grant payments could be released, marginally less than at the same point in 2006, when 92 per cent. of Suffolk’s applications had been processed. Students submit one application for their Student Finance entitlement; therefore performance statistics do not distinguish between loans and grants.