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Student loan access to continue at unregistered providers

Despite receiving its full regulatory powers today (1 August), the Office for Students has confirmed those already enrolled at some unregistered providers will still be able to access student loans.

Until 1 August, official responsibility for registering providers lay with the Department for Education (DfE). It was previously understood that providers would need to be registered with the OfS by the time it received its full powers in order for their students to be able to access loans.

However, OfS chief executive Nicola Dandridge confirmed in board papers published on 25 July that the regulator has been granted powers by the government to allow current students on certain courses at unregistered providers to access the student loan book. HE understands this would not apply to new students starting courses at unregistered providers.

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