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Students: Fees and Charges

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the average annual tuition fee paid by first degree part-time undergraduates in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (202199)

The information requested is not available, as it is not collected centrally. Part-time tuition fees are not regulated; each institution sets fee levels for its own courses.

Statutory support for part-time students was first introduced in 2000/01. Part-time higher education students studying at least 50 per cent. of an equivalent full-time course can apply for means-tested course grants and fee grants. In 2006/07, we introduced the most generous package of financial support ever for part-time students in England. This included increasing the maximum fee grant by 27 per cent. and an above-inflation increase in the income threshold for receiving this support.