Higher Education: Student Numbers

Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Williams Stephen Williams Shadow Secretary of State (Innovation, Universities and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many undergraduates in universities in England from households with incomes of (a) up to £25,000, (b) £25,000 to £27,120, (c) £27,120 to £30,000, (d) £30,000 to £35,000, (e) £35,000 to £38,330 and (f) greater than £38,331 attended university in each year since 2006-07 for which figures are available.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education), Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

holding answer 15 May 2008

Complete information on household incomes of students is not available centrally.

The recently announced reforms for 2008/09 mean we estimate that around one third of eligible full-time students will be entitled to a full grant. These students will have a residual household income of £25,000 or less. We also estimate around a third will be entitled to a partial grant, equivalent to a residual household income between £25,000 and £60,005.

Due to these reforms by 2011, we estimate that the number of full-time students receiving some level of grant will increase by around 100,000. As part of this change, we estimate an extra 50,000 students will receive a full grant.

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