Consultation outcome

Further education maintenance loans (technical and professional)

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Summary of the responses we received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.

Original consultation

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Summary

We're seeking your views on proposals to introduce maintenance loans for higher-level learners in technical and professional education.

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Consultation description

We’re proposing maintenance loans for higher-level learners in technical and professional education. This includes the new National Colleges and learning at the emerging Institutes of Technology. We want to remove the up-front cost and increase the uptake of technical and professional learning in sectors that are important to the economy.

We’ll use evidence gathered through this consultation to make decisions on:

  • whether introducing the loans would increase take up
  • scope of the loans
  • eligibility to receive the loans

We would like views from colleges and independent providers in the further education sector, including National Colleges, higher education institutions and other interested bodies.