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Higher Education: Access Funds

Volume 592: debated on Thursday 30 July 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:When resources will be available for access funds for students in further and higher education institutions in England in 1998–99; and when they propose to issue new guidance on the use of the funds. [HL3167]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment
(Baroness Blackstone)

The Government are committed to widening participation and improving access to higher education. We are determined that students should have the support they need to take up or stay on courses of higher education. We are making available £56 million through the access funds for students in further and higher education in England for the academic year 1998–99. This includes £3 million (£2 million in 1998–99 financial year) which we are providing to help remit the fees of part-time undergraduate students who lose their jobs after their course has started.The total sum is being allocated between the two funding councils for England as shown below. The allocations take account of adjustments between the higher education access fund and the further education access fund to help part-time higher education students who are studying at further education institutions.

£ million
Higher Education Funding Council for England:45.76
of which: Undergraduate Fund39.44
Postgraduate Fund5.50
Further Education Fund0.82
Further Education Funding Council:10.24