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Students: Grants

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many university students receive (a) grants and (b) full grants. (180442)

Available data are shown in the table.

Number of students receiving grants1,2, students domiciled in England studying in the UK, academic year 2006-073

Number (thousand)4

Students in receipt of a full grant

222

Students in receipt of a partial grant

96

Students in receipt of a nil grant

453

Total5

770

1 Figures cover the Higher Education Grant (HEG), Maintenance Grant and the Special Support Grant.

2 Data do not include tuition fee remission grants or supplementary grants and allowances; e.g. for students with disabilities, students with dependents, single parent students, those incurring certain travel costs and those who have recently left care.

3 Latest year for which complete data are available.

4 Student numbers rounded to the nearest thousand.

5 Excludes those students who do not apply to the SLC for any financial support.

6 Constituent parts may not add to total due to rounding.

Source:

Student Loans Company (SLC).

The means-tested higher education grant (HEG) of up to £1,000 was introduced for new students in academic year 2004-05. In 2006-07 the HEG was replaced for new students by the maintenance grant and special support grant. A maximum of £2,700 (£2,765 in 2007-08) was available subject to means-testing.

Income thresholds for grant entitlement are being changed for students who will be entering higher education in or after September 2008. The income threshold for full entitlement to the maintenance grant is being increased to £25,000 (compared with £17,910 in 2007-08). The threshold for entitlement to a partial maintenance grant is increasing from £38,330 in 2007-08 to £60,005 for 2008-09. We estimate that the increased thresholds will mean that one-third of all students in England entering higher education in 2008-09 will receive a full non-repayable grant, while another one-third will receive a partial grant.