HC Deb 15 February 1999 vol 325 cc466-7W
Mr. Russell Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on changes in the student support and tuition fee arrangements for Scottish domiciled students in academic year 1999–2000. [71876]

Mrs. Liddell

I am today publishing the main rates of loans and grants which will be available to students in full-time higher education in 1999–2000; and the level of tuition fees. I am also publishing the rates for those postgraduate courses which do not attract student loans, together with the rates for the various supplementary grants payable to eligible undergraduate and vocational postgraduate students.

The total support available to undergraduate students in 1999–2000 will be 2.5 per cent. higher than in 1998–99, thus maintaining its value in real terms. Postgraduate maintenance grants and supplementary grants will also be increased by a similar amount.

These changes are consistent with those for England and Wales announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Employment. Details have been placed in the Library.

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