The Office for Fair Access closed at the end of 31 March 2018 and responsibility for higher education access regulation transferred to the Office for Students

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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