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Universities UK response to government consultation on part-time undergraduate maintenance loans

Universities UK's response to the Department for Education consultation on part-time undergraduate maintenance loans welcomes the proposed introduction of these loans.

We support the positive direction of travel that they represent in relation to government policy towards part-time study, along with recent announcements to relax restrictions on access to student finance for students wanting to study a second degree in selected STEM subjects, and the commitment to provide a part-time student premium through the HEFCE teaching grant.

On 7 November 2016 the Department for Education published a consultation setting out proposals for the introduction of maintenance loans for undergraduate part-times study, to be introduced in 2018-19. The consultation set out proposals for design income contingent loans, focusing on loan terms, course and individual eligibility and implementation.

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