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Part-time student numbers hit new low


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The number of students starting degrees part-time have dropped by over a third.

There was a 6% drop last year, with a 38% decrease over the last five years.

Almost half a million (428,000) students started part-time degrees in 2010-11, but just 266,000 started last year (2014-15).

The National Union of Students blames the decline on the changes to student finance when fees trebled to £9,000 per year.

NUS vice-president for higher education Sorana Vieru said: "Since tuition fees tripled, part-time student numbers have been going down." 

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills said the changes to student finance will mean financial funding is being offered to part-time students for the first time, with a spokesperson saying: "The reasons for the decline in part-time students are complex but we want to ensure finance will not be a barrier for anybody with the potential to benefit from higher education."

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