I am today confirming the student finance package for higher education students undertaking a course of study in the academic year beginning September 2011.
For all new and continuing full-time students in 2011-12 the package of maintenance support will be maintained at existing levels.
The maximum tuition fees for full-time courses in 2011-12 will be uprated in line with inflation to £3,375 a year. The amount of tuition fee loan will also be increased to match this amount.
For those students undertaking part-time courses the maximum fee and course grants will also be maintained at 2010-11 levels.
To implement the 2011-12 increase in fee support, and make some minor policy and technical amendments to student support regulations, I have today laid the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2009 (Amendment) Regulations 2010 before both Houses.