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Higher Education: Leeds

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many new higher education students in (a) Leeds West and (b) Leeds metropolitan district will receive a maintenance grant in 2008-09. (245433)

Reliable information is not available at constituency level.

In academic year 2007/08, there were 2,520 new university entrants from the Leeds metropolitan district who received a maintenance grant or special support grant.

Information for the 2008/09 academic year is not yet complete. Students can apply for support up to nine months after the start of their course, and in exceptional circumstances, this limit can be extended. Applications generally take six to eight weeks to process.

The Statistical First Release published on 28 November shows the provisional number of new students successfully applying for support in England in academic year 2008/09 under the 2008/09 entry regulations reached 278,100 by mid-November 2008. The provisional distribution shows that 40 per cent. of these students received the full maintenance grant of £2,835 and 29 per cent. received a partial maintenance grant. 31 per cent. received no maintenance grant. No specific information is available yet for the Leeds metropolitan district.