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Cash error cuts grants to 40,000; UNIVERSITY.

A GOVERNMENT blunder will force up to 40,000 students to pay more for university education after grants were cut yesterday.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills underestimated numbers qualifying for grants - 40 per cent instead of a third - and faced a pounds 200million shortfall.

The mistake means the upper limit for grants will be cut from family incomes of pounds 60,000 to pounds 50,020.

Many students starting next year will lose up to pounds 524, but existing students will not be affected.

Universities Secretary John Denham said it had been difficult to predict "with absolute precision" but said poorer students would still get full grants.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2008
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