HC Deb 27 November 2003 vol 415 cc360-1W
Chris Grayling

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much he estimates will be raised by student tuition fees in the current financial year. [141139]

Alan Johnson

It is estimated that institutions in England will receive £847 million in tuition fees for home and EU students in 2003–04. Updated projections will be issued shortly.

Charles Hendry

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have been paying tuition fees in each year since they were introduced; and what proportion of the total student population this represents. [142532]

Alan Johnson [holding answer 8 December 2003]

New student support arrangements came into effect at the start of academic year 1998/99 when new entrants to higher education were expected to contribute towards the cost of their tuition. The amount of the contribution depends on family income.

The number and proportion of students eligible for support in England and Wales in academic years 1998/99 to 2001/02 (latest year for which data are available) who have been assessed to make a partial or full contribution towards the cost of their tuition is shown in the table.

1Contributions towards the cost of tuition are assessed by local education authorities in England and Wales for students normally domiciled in their area and studying in the UK.
2Data for academic year 1998/99 comprise the cohort of students who entered higher education in that year; data for 1999/2000 comprise the 1998/99 and 1999/2000 cohorts; data for 2000/01 comprise those who entered in 1998/99, 1999/2000 and 2000/01; and data for 2001/02 comprise those students still in study from 1998/99 onwards and new entrants from 2001/02.
Includes students who withdrew from their course before the fee due date (and therefore no fee payment was made by the local education authority). In 1998/99, includes estimation for students who, because they did not expect to receive a contribution towards the cost of their tuition from public funds, did not make an application to their local authority.
F503G survey of local education authorities.

National level data are published annually in the Department's Statistical First Releases (SFRs) (SFR 11/ 2003 for 2001/02).