Higher Education: Part-time Education:Written question - 60225

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Asked on: 17 January 2017
Department for Education
Higher Education: Part-time Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to address the continued decline in enrolments of all part-time students in higher education as indicated in higher education student enrolments and qualifications obtained at higher education providers in the UK in 2015-16.
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Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 20 January 2017

The Government believes that studying part-time can bring enormous benefits for individuals, the economy and employers, and is committed to helping part-time learners.

Up-front fee loans for eligible part-time students were introduced in 2012/13 and we are further enhancing the student finance package for part-time students by introducing full-time equivalent maintenance loans in 2018/19.

Since 2015/16, students who already hold an honours degree qualification and wish to study part-time on a second honours degree course in engineering, technology or computer science, have qualified for fee loans for their course. This is being extended for 2017/18 to graduates starting a second part-time honours degree course in any science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject.

In our February 2016 guidance, we asked the Director of Fair Access to provide a renewed focus on part-time study.

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