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Part-time Education: Finance

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average fee grant received by part-time students for courses with an intensity of (a) between 50 to 59 per cent., (b) between 60 to 74 per cent. and (c) 75 per cent. or more was in the latest year for which figures are available. (282966)

The information requested is as follows:

Average part-time fee grant by intensity band academic year 2007-08 England

Intensity band

Average part-time fee grant (£)1

Equivalent to 50 per cent. to 59 per cent. of full-time course

550

Equivalent to 60 per cent. to 74 per cent. of full-time course

750

Equivalent to 75 per cent. or more of full-time course

930

1 Average rounded to nearest £10.

Source:

Student Loans Company and Open University applications data

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent in (a) (i) fee grant payments, (ii) course grant payments and (iii) teaching and learning payments for part-time students to institutions from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and (b) other forms of support for part-time students in the latest year for which figures are available. (282967)

In academic year 2007/08, part-time students in England were awarded fee grants of £28.5 million and course grants of £11.7 million.

The following table shows the notional funding associated with taught part-time students funded through the teaching funding method.

HEFCE part-time funding, 2007/08 academic year1

£ million

Standard Resource

1,013.1

Assumed fee income

353.5

Notional grant (resource minus fees)

659.7

Widening access for people from disadvantaged backgrounds

55.2

Improving retention

57.4

Model 2 Lifelong Learning Networks

8.2

Co-funded employer engagement

5.0

Total 2007/08 notional funding

785.4

1 The HEFCE figures in the table are based on final allocations announced for 2007/08. They do not take account of grant adjustments arising from institutions recruitment in that year. Figures do not include non-recurrent elements of grant, such as capital funding.

In addition, £35.8 million was provided through the 2007-08 HEFCE research funding method for part-time postgraduate research students registered at English higher education institutions.