A new study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests that the flagship National Scholarship Programme (NSP) is unlikely to encourage youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter higher education.
The NSP was introduced following the decision to increase fees to a maximum of £9,000 a year.
In response to the study, University Alliance responded said, “these figures are not a useful reflection of the support received by students attending Alliance institutions. The fact is, Alliance universities have, on average, over twice as many students from lower-income and under-represented groups compared with the rest of the sector while achieving some of the highest graduate prospects. That is the bigger picture that these figures fail to recognise.”