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Student Support at private HE providers

December 13, 2012

I have received from the Student Loans Company a breakdown of the student support associated with designated private higher education courses in England for the academic year 2011/12.

Student support covers loans for tuition fees, loans for maintenance and maintenance grants. In the pdf below – the relevant figures for each participating college is displayed along with a total.

Designated courses at private institutions need not abide by the maximum tuition fee set for publicly-funded universities, nor are they subject to any recruitment controls.

In 2010/11, the total amount of student support issued was £40million. In 2011/12, this had climbed to £100million. From 2012/13, the available tuition fee loans increase to £6,000 per year. There are now over 100 private providers with designated status for one or more of their courses. Can we expect this total to then hit £200million?

BIS is currently leading a consultation on how to integrate private providers into the student numbers controls (recruitment controls). The more students they can attract before that consultation concludes and is implemented, the stronger position they will be when integration occurs.

FOI_RESULTS_169-12 201112 private providers student support

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