*As a result of the General Election, this seminar is to be rescheduled and a new date will be confirmed* 

Last year the Government consulted on the introduction of maintenance Loans for higher professional and technical qualifications in Further Education, and this Spring confirmed its intention to introduce these for Level 4-6 qualifications in order to 'create real parity with the academic route'.

This move was strongly welcomed in the sector, but some concerns were expressed at the proposal to restrict access to these loans to students in National Colleges and Institutes of Technology, which many consultees in the sector had opposed.

How will the introduction of maintenance loans in FE work, and will they help achieve parity for vocational students?

Is the introduction of loans in the named institutions a first step towards universal access to maintenance support or a move to a two-tier system in Further Education?

We are delighted that Ben Coates, Deputy Director, and Aiden Farrell, Assistant Director, from the New Student Finance Products team at the Department for Education will join us to discuss these and other questions, and brief us on progress towards the introduction of FE maintenance loans.

Tricia Hartley, lead adviser at the Campaign for Learning, will chair the session under the Chatham House Rule.

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