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Education: Fees and Charges

Education written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) further education colleges, (b) sixth form colleges, (c) secondary schools, (d) primary schools, (e) nursery schools and (f) schools covering more than one of these types (i) charge fees and (ii) do not charge fees; and whether such fees vary on the basis of the child's home country.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

Only independent schools are permitted to charge fees for education services for their pupils. Information on the reasons for variability in fee rates (such as country of birth) is not collected centrally.

The Education Funding Agency holds data on the institutions that it funds but not private further education colleges. In 2012/13, the Education Funding Agency funded 94 sixth form colleges and 241 further education colleges. Learners who meet the criteria set out in The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 are eligible for funding. Colleges are not allowed to charge fees to UK and EU students aged 16 to 19 who are undertaking a course of further education, but can charge fees to older students, those undertaking a higher education programme of study and non-UK/EU students.

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