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Government 'to tackle' student loan fraud
Friday, 28 November 2008
Concerns have been raised that some undergraduate students have been illegally claiming university grants from the government, it has been reported.
A review of income related-fraud has been ordered by the government in order to ensure that only those who are entitled to state support receive it.
Currently, grants of up to £2,825 per year are available from the government for students coming from families with a combined income of less than £25,000.
Universities secretary John Denham commented that spot checks, to be conducted in conjunction with the Student Loans Company (SLC), were "absolutely the right thing to do" given the significant amounts of funding made available by the state every year.
Speaking to the BBC, he added: "No genuine applicant will have anything to fear, and no action will be taken if genuine errors have been made."
The SLC makes funding available to more than one million students every year in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.