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Students: Finance

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding is allocated per student for (a) full-time undergraduates, (b) part-time undergraduates, (c) full-time foundation degree students, (d) part-time foundation degree students, (e) advanced adult apprentices, (f) full-time level 3 students in further education colleges and (g) part-time students in further education colleges; and if he will make a statement. (252850)

The total expenditure provided by the Department (provisional 2006-07 figures) per full-time equivalent higher education student is £5,179 in cash terms. This is based on student support, teaching and research expenditure. Further information on the figure can be found in the DIUS 2008 departmental report (table 16, annex 2). It is not possible to produce like-for-like figures for the precise data requested in the question and the precise level of funding for each student is determined by a wide range of factors including choice of subject, location and intensity of study, previous qualifications and personal and family circumstances.

The funding provided by the Department and the Department for Children Schools and Families (2006-07 figures) per full-time equivalent further education student is £5,240. Further information on the figure can be found in the DIUS 2008 departmental report (table 15, annex 2). Funding at course level will vary depending on factors such as subject area, the location and learner success rates of the provider and other factors.

Relevant LSC guidance on funding for 2008/09 can be found at

http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/lsc/National/LSC-P-NAT-080078_FundingRates.pdf