Higher Education Student Support

Department for Education written statement – made on 11 January 2023.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Minister of State (Education)

I am announcing details of student fees and support arrangements for higher education students undertaking a course of study in the 2023/24 academic year starting on 1 August 2023 together with further help to address additional cost of living pressures in 2022/23. Also, I am confirming that students starting designated Higher Technical Qualifications in 2023/24 will qualify for fee loans and loans for living costs for the first time, eligibility for student finance will be extended to certain family members of those granted leave under the main Ukrainian schemes, and eligibility for family members of the Afghan schemes has been brought into line with refugees and their family members.

I can confirm today that maximum tuition fees for undergraduate students for the 2023/24 academic year in England will be maintained at the levels that apply in the 2022/23 academic year, the sixth year in succession that fees have been frozen. This means that the maximum level of tuition fees for a standard full-time course will remain at £9,250 for the 2023/24 academic year. Maximum fees will also be frozen for the 2024/25 academic year to deliver better value for students and to keep the cost of higher education down.

Maximum undergraduate loans for living costs will be increased by forecast inflation, 2.8%, in 2023/24. And the same increase will apply to the maximum disabled students’ allowance for students with disabilities undertaking full-time and part-time undergraduate courses in 2023/24. Maximum grants for students with child or adult dependants who are attending full-time undergraduate courses will also increase by 2.8% in 2023/24.

We are also increasing support for students undertaking postgraduate courses in 2023/24. Maximum loans for students starting master’s degree and doctoral degree courses from 1 August 2023 onwards will be increased by 2.8% in 2023/24. And the same increase will apply to the maximum disabled students’ allowance for postgraduate students with disabilities in 2023/24.

The Government is introducing a new type of qualification at levels 4 and 5 of the Regulated Qualifications Framework, the Higher Technical Qualification, which aims to improve the quality of technical education on offer and encourage more people to take higher technical courses which improve their employment prospects and meet employers’ skills needs. I am confirming today that eligible students undertaking designated full-time and part-time Higher Technical Qualifications that have been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education will qualify for fee loans and living costs support.

I am also confirming today that home fee status, tuition fee loans and living costs support will be extended to certain family members of all persons granted leave under the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme, the Ukraine Extension Scheme and the Ukraine Family Scheme. Additionally, student support and home fee status of certain family members of the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) will be aligned with the treatment of family members of refugees, persons granted humanitarian protection and stateless leave. These changes will benefit these vulnerable students.

The Government recognises the additional cost of living pressures that have arisen this year and that have impacted students.

We have already made £261 million of student premium funding available for the 2022/23 academic year to support successful outcomes for disadvantaged students. The Department for Education has worked with the Office for Students (OfS) to make clear universities can draw on this funding to boost their own hardship funds and support students in most need.

Today we are making a one-off reallocation of funding so we can add £15 million to this year's student premium, enabling extra hardship awards to be made to tens of thousands of disadvantaged students. This extra funding will complement the help universities are providing through their own, bursary, scholarship and hardship support schemes.

In addition, all households will save on their energy bills through the Energy Price Guarantee and the £400 Energy Bills Support Scheme discount. Students who buy their energy from a domestic supplier are eligible for the energy bills discount.

The Energy Prices Act passed on 25th October includes the provision to require landlords to pass benefits they receive from energy price support, as appropriate, onto end users. Further details of the requirements under this Act are set out in the legislation.

Further details of the student support package for 2023/24 are set out in the attached document.

I expect to lay regulations implementing changes to student finance support for undergraduates and postgraduates for 2023/24 shortly. These regulations will be subject to Parliamentary procedure.

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