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£6million available in undergraduate support

The University has received approval for its plans to make a total of £6 million available from next year to fund financial support packages and scholarships for undergraduates.

Under national arrangements to ensure students from lower income families can access higher education, universities have to agree their arrangements for student support - in the form of an Access Agreement - with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

Kent’s Access Agreement for 2014-15, published by OFFA on 11 July, means eligible full-time undergraduate students will receive a £7,000 support package to cover their three-year degree programme. The University has extended the government’s qualifying household income threshold for guaranteed financial support to ensure it can help as many students from lower income families as possible.

Kent’s support package – which doesn’t have to be repaid - can be used to cover tuition fees, University accommodation and other living expenses.

As well as the support package for students from lower-income families, Kent will also continue to offer its generous scholarship scheme for academic excellence - providing £2,000 a year for students with AAA grades or specified equivalent – as well as other scholarships for sporting and musical excellence.

David Nightingale, University Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: ‘I’m delighted that OFFA has once again approved our Access proposals for the coming years. Our commitment to widening access is demonstrated by the generous package of student support and scholarships we are continuing to make available under this latest Access Agreement.

‘We continue to ensure that eligible students from an enhanced range of lower income families have an opportunity to gain financial support to study at Kent, and we also recognise academic excellence as well as sporting and musical achievement with our scholarships.’

As part of its national announcement on Access Agreements, OFFA highlighted the role of the University within the Kent and Medway Progression Framework (KMPF), alongside Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of the Creative Arts, schools and local authorities.

KMPF was used as a case study to highlight how education and local authority partners can work together to raise the aspirations of local school students and increase awareness of the benefits of higher education. As part of the initiative, Kent helped pilot a programme involving the university partners working with secondary schools to develop outreach programmes for their feeder primaries.

David Nightingale said: ‘The success of the KMPF also highlights the impact universities such as Kent are having in increasing awareness of higher education and raising the aspirations of school students to study at university.

‘We will continue to provide an extensive outreach programme to partner schools, FE colleges and local communities to encourage learners of all ages to study in higher education.’

Kent is one of 162 universities and colleges nationally to receive approval for its Access Agreement proposals for 2014-15 from OFFA. It is predicted that by 2017-18, universities and colleges will be spending £707.5 million a year on access to higher education.


Story published at 11:36am 16 July 2013

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