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S5W-01973: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 16 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on reports that around quarter of college students are not completing their programmes, and what it believes the reasons for this are.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 2 September 2016

Compared with 2008-09, in 2014-15 almost 11,000 more college students across Further Education (FE) and Higher Education successfully completed full-time courses that lead to recognised qualifications – an increase of 24%.

Our FE college students are supported with record levels of support. The 2016-17 budget of over £106 million in college bursaries, childcare and discretionary funds is a real-terms increase of 30% since 2006-07; and this year, FE students will be able to receive non-repayable bursary of up to £95.94 per week – the best level anywhere in the UK.