Students: Loans

Department for Education written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will meet with the (a) Skills Funding Agency and (b) Student Loan Company to discuss the feasibility of writing off student loan debts for adult students unable to continue courses as a result of the failure of the course provider.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Minister of State (Department of Education) (Apprenticeships and Skills)

Our priority is to help ensure learners can continue with their courses with minimal disruption. We are actively working with the Skills Funding Agency and Student Loans Company to identify suitable alternative training providers or colleges with whom learners can complete their studies, and to ensure they do not lose out from any transfer. We are committed to finding a solution for each learner and making the process as smooth as possible.

Where there may ultimately be no viable alternative providers available for some learners to complete their study, we will consider what might be done to avoid these learners being unfairly disadvantaged.

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