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Higher Education: Bexley

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of students from Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency awaiting (a) a decision on and (b) payments of their student support for 2009-10. (293533)

This answer is based on data provided by the Student Loans Company as at 18 October about applications being processed by Student Finance England (SFE).

1,530 Student Finance applications were received from students in Bexleyheath and Crayford. 120 of these applications have been assessed as ineligible or the application has been withdrawn by the student or an application has been started via the online application process but not completed.

1,170 have been approved for payment but for 90 of these SFE is awaiting confirmation from universities that these students have registered on their courses before payment is released.

140 applications, for new and returning students, are still being processed.

A further 100 applications have been received via the online application process and have been approved, but Student Finance England is awaiting the return of a signed declaration form from these applicants.