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Part-time students to receive grants

Published: Friday, 07 December 2007   Category: Government policies

Part-time students in Scotland will receive grants to support them, from autumn next year.

Higher education students who earn less that £18,000 a year will receive £500 from the government.

Fiona Hyslop, education and lifelong learning secretary, said: "We have already stated our intention, subject to Parliamentary approval, to abolish the graduate endowment fee. The announcement today is the next step towards moving away from loans to grants and will be a major boost for part-time students where fee costs can be a particular barrier."

She added that the grant will help relieve the pressure on students who do not earn a lot and attend university as well as give new opportunities to people considering part time study to "retrain or build skills for the changing needs of our economy".

Meanwhile, students looking for construction apprenticeships have been boosted by the news that the Federation of Master Builders is to set up a task force to increase the amount of apprenticeships in UK construction companies.

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