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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 December, 2004, 10:26 GMT
Part-time students get more money
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Universities decide fees for part-time students
Part-time higher education students are to get more help with paying fees from next September, the government says.

For the first time, cash will be linked to the "intensity" of study, so those studying 75% of the time will get more than those doing 50%.

This will take the maximum amount available from 575 to 840 a year.

Fees for part-time students are set by universities themselves, with eight out of 10 charged between 400 and 1000 a year.


This funding changes will apply to new and existing undergraduates.

The income threshold below which a single student can qualify for full support is also being raised from 14,600 to 14,970.

Students will continue to be able to apply for a grant of 250 a year towards their course costs.

Meanwhile, a survey of 3,294 part-time undergraduates by the Open University shows average extra costs - such as books and travel - are 246 a year.

The survey also found 83% of part-time students were in paid employment with 65% in full-time work.

Some 41% of part-time students received help with their fees from an employer.

Higher education minister Kim Howells said: "This demonstrates the commitment of UK business to improving the skills of their employees and I hope to see the percentage of employers supporting their staff increase further in future years."

The Open University survey involved 3,294 part-time students.

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