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Students: Finance

Question for Department for Education

UIN 52361, tabled on 8 November 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of university students fund their studies without a student loan or other financial assistance from the state.

Answered on

15 November 2016

The Student Loans Company (SLC) administers student loans for each of the UK Government administrations. Statistics covering loans administered through the English loan system are published annually by the SLC in the Statistical First Release (SFR) ‘Student Loans in England’, available at:

Latest information on the number of students who were estimated to meet the eligibility criteria for full-time English Tuition Fee Loans and who received such a loan from the SLC in the academic year 2013/14 is available in Table 4B(ii) of the SFR. The figures show that, in 2013/14, an estimated 10 per cent of students at public providers of higher education who met the eligibility criteria for English Tuition Fee Loans did not take up such a loan to fund their studies.

Statistics on loan take-up in the academic year 2014/15 will be published by the SLC on 30 November 2016.

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