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Higher Education: Loans, Grants and Fees

Volume 693: debated on Monday 2 July 2007

My honourable friend the Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education (Bill Rammell) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The level of support for loans, grants and fees that will be available to eligible higher education students in the 2008-09 academic year will be 2.5 per cent higher than for 2007-08, in line with forecast price increases.

For students who have entered higher education in or after 1 September 2006 and are being charged variable fees, the maximum fee payable will increase from £3,070 to £3,145 in 2008-09. The increase to the fee will be matched by a corresponding increase to the loan for fees that students can take out.

For students who are not being charged variable fees (primarily students who entered higher education before 1 September 2006), the maximum fee payable will increase from £1,225 to £1,255.

The increased fee amounts will be authorised by the Student Fees (Amounts) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2007, which will come into force on 1 September 2008.

I am placing a memorandum in the Library giving details of the increased loan, grant and fee rates for 2008-09. The maximum amount of the disabled students allowance (DSA) for non-medical helpers will increase in 2008-09 to £20,000 for full-time undergraduate students and to £15,000 for part-time undergraduate students; the maximum amount of the DSA for postgraduate students will increase to £10,000. All these rates are being incorporated into the Education (Student Support) (No. 2) Regulations 2007, which will be laid before Parliament in due course.