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Higher Education: Private Sector

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the drop-out rates were at those for-profit higher education institutions where students received loans via the Student Loans Company but which did not receive other public funding council grants; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

holding answer 10 May 2011

According to Student Loans Company data, in the 2009/10 academic year, 4,160 higher education students at private higher education institutions were in receipt of student finance. The Department does not hold comprehensive information on whether those private higher education providers are classed as for-profit or not-for-profit institutions, as this does not form part of the designation process. The available data do not allow us to discern whether or not any of these students were in receipt of other public funding council grants.

Although the Higher Education Statistics Agency recently collected some data on private providers of higher education, the data do not contain the necessary detail to enable the calculation of drop-out rates at these institutions.

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