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Explanatory Memorandum to Higher Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2005

Other amendments to the Education (Student Support) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998

34.Article 12 (2) amends Article 3 (2) (i) of the 1998 Order. It provides that a loan payable to a student in relation to deferral of fees may be paid direct to the institution at which the student is studying. This is a key part of the machinery for students to defer payment of their fees by taking out income contingent loans on which no interest will be charged in real terms.

35.Article 12 (3) amends Article 3 (7) of the 1998 Order by repealing it, thereby removing the requirement that regulations relating to the increase in the maximum grant for fees should be subject to the approval of the Assembly where the increase in the grant in respect of fees is above the rate of inflation. This requirement was a consequence of the close link between the level of the standard fee and the maximum grant for fee. In this Order, that link no longer exists: there is no need for the increase in the maximum grant for fees to be approved by the Assembly since such an increase will no longer automatically increase the level of the standard fee.

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