More students from disadvantaged backgrounds getting university places

Record number of disadvantaged students getting university places, according to a UCAS report released today, disadvantaged young people are over 10% more likely to enter higher education than they were a year ago.

As the number of university entrants passed 500,000 for the first time this year, the gap between the most advantaged and the most disadvantaged students is at its lowest.


Liberal Democrats put safeguards in place to encourage disadvantaged young people to go to university. Setting the system on a sustainable footing, with the poorest 30% of graduates paying less overall than under the old system.

Ros Kayes, our parliamentary candidate, says: "This is proof that our policy is fair, and supports lower earning graduates by ensuring that no student pays up front and they only pay back once they're earning over £21,000. The fact that poorest graduates pay less under the new system shows that, although we couldn't deliver out policy on tuition fees, graduates who earn less do not suffer more."

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