Students at UK universities were lent more than £3bn in the last financial year, it emerged today.
The Student Loans Company said the total lent to all students during the financial year 2006-07 for English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish universities was £3.4bn.
This compares with £2.9bn lent the previous year.
Provisional figures for the current academic year show English and other EU students studying at English universities were lent a total of £2.9bn, of which £386.5m related to tuition fee loans.
Student borrowing tops £3bn