Commenting on the introduction of post-graduate student loans announced today, Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of The Sutton Trust, said;
“We welcome the Chancellor’s announcement that he will extend income contingent loans for postgraduates. As the Autumn Statement report highlights, Sutton Trust research shows that 11% of working adults now have a postgraduate degree compared to 4% in 1996, with a postgraduate wage premium worth £200,000 in lifetime earnings.
“The extra loans and bursaries should make it easier for low and middle income students to take up postgraduate opportunities, which have become increasingly the preserve of well off students from the UK and overseas. It will be important to keep the level of the support under review to ensure that it is genuinely giving the opportunity of a post-graduate education to those who would otherwise lose out.”
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