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College Student Support Oral Question, 28/01/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 28 January 2015 Mary Scanlon (Con) asked the Scottish Government how it supports college students to complete their studies.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance replied, on top of the record 104 million for student support this year, we have been working closely with Colleges Scotland and the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council to understand the scale of any shortfall in 2014-15. Colleges have now said that they need 7 million, which is down from their earlier estimate of 11 million. I am very pleased to say that we will bridge that gap.

In addition, since 2006-07, the successful completion rate for full-time further education students has increased by 10 percentage points overall and by 13 percentage points for those from the most deprived backgrounds.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 28 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 28 January 2015