OFFA comment on introduction of part-time maintenance loans

Commenting on the Budget statement by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, said:

“I welcome the Government’s introduction of maintenance loans for part-time students in today’s Budget. With part-time students more likely to be from under-represented groups, this is an important step in making higher education more accessible, and I hope it will help reverse the troubling decline in part-time student numbers we have seen in recent years [note 1]. I also encourage universities and colleges to continue to think about how they can attract and support part-time learners, for example through flexible study options that meet the needs of students from a range of backgrounds.”

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