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Overseas Students: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of students from EU member states other than the UK received financial assistance from the public purse (a) for tuition fees and (b) living costs in each year for which figures are available. (187648)

EC nationals are eligible for tuition fee support only, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course.

The following table shows the number of new and continuing students in each academic year and those who received tuition fee support. Prior to 2006/07, this support was in the form of a means-tested grant. Since 2006/07, new students were eligible to apply for a non-means-tested loan.

10 countries acceded to the EC in May 2004, which has resulted in an increase in student numbers.

EU domiciled students studying in England by support received

EU domiciled students1

Students receiving fee grants2

Students receiving fee loans

Percentage receiving fee grants

Percentage receiving fee loans

1999/2000

79,600

20,100

25

2000/01

79,300

23,600

30

2001/02

73,900

19,100

26

2002/03

72,500

17,400

24

2003/04

70,800

15,700

22

2004/05

78,400

16,400

21

2005/06

82,600

17,000

21

2006/07

86,500

10,600

8,300

12

10

1Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Figures are on a snapshot basis as of the 1 December for comparability across the years.

2Source: Student Loans Company (SLC). Since 2006/07 a student may be in receipt of either a grant (continuing students) or a loan (new students).

Only EEA and Swiss migrant workers and certain family members who have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and Switzerland and EC nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands may be eligible to the full support package.