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Students: Loans

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of 18 to 30-year-olds received a student loan in each year since 1997, broken down by local government area. (198460)

Information on the proportion of students taking out loans is not available at a local authority level or by age group. National information is shown in the table.

Eligibility and take-up of maintenance loans in England academic years 2001/02 to 2006/071

Academic year

Eligible Population (Thousand)

Number of loans taken out (Thousand)

Take up of loans by eligible population (Percentage)

2001/02

768

629

82

2002/03

816

666

82

2003/04

840

682

81

2004/05

874

693

79

2005/06

897

719

80

2006/07

n/a

727

n/a

1 Provisional.

n/a = not available

Source:

Loan figures provided by Student Loans Company

Consistent national information is not available before 2001/02. In addition to the maintenance loans covered in the table, tuition fee loans have been available to eligible students from 2006/07. In that year 387,000 tuition fee loans were taken out.