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Overseas Students: Loans

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students from other EU member states other than the UK had a loan from the Student Loans Company at the latest date for which figures are available; and what the total value of such loans was. (202076)

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. Prior to 2006/07 this support was in the form of a means tested grant.

During academic year 2006/07 8,300 EU domicile students took out loans with a total value of £22 million, which represents 0.6 per cent. of the total amount borrowed during the year.