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Students: Finance

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of (a) the number and proportion of higher education students studying part-time who are supported by their employers and (b) the average contribution made by employers to those students they support. (212309)

A 2004 study of part-time students for the DFES found that 41 per cent. of part-time students received some help with their fees from an employer, with 36 per cent. having all their fees paid. The report is available at:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/RR600.pdf

A reliable estimate of the average contribution made by employers to those students receiving this type of support is not available.