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Higher Education: Per Capita Costs

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the cost per student of a course leading to a higher education qualification in (a) a university and (b) a further education college. (299046)

Estimates of the cost per student of a course leading to a higher education qualification are not available separately regarding whether a student attends a university or further education college.

The 2009 DIUS annual report provided a provisional estimate of expenditure per full-time equivalent student for the financial year 2007-08 across all types of institution. The average departmental expenditure per student per year was estimated to be £6,215, and was composed of teaching grant, research grant and student support expenditure.

This estimate relates to home and EU domiciled students studying for a higher education qualification in England, some of whom were not HEFCE fundable or eligible for student support.