Students: Finance

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what financial support is available to students who suspend their studies due to illness.

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

The student support system allows a student who is ill to suspend their studies by arrangement with their university or college and resume them at an arranged date.

Full-time students who have suspended their studies will continue to be eligible for grants and loans for living costs if their absence does not exceed 60 days. If the absence exceeds 60 days, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, has discretion to continue paying such grants and loans if he decides it is appropriate to do so.

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