Theresa May will call for the reintroduction of maintenance grants for university students from poorer backgrounds on Thursday.
The outgoing Prime Minister is backing a recommendation made by an independent review of further education, which calls for handouts of at least £3,000 for those from poorer backgrounds.
Maintenance grants were axed in 2015 by then-chancellor George Osborne, who claimed the funding was “unaffordable”.
Welcoming the report, May is expected to say: “I was not surprised to see the panel argue for the reintroduction of means-tested maintenance grants both for university students and those studying for higher technical qualifications.
“Such a move would ensure students are supported whichever route they choose, and save those from the poorest backgrounds over £9,000.
“It will be up to the Government to decide, at the upcoming Spending Review, whether to follow this recommendation.
“But my view is very clear: removing maintenance grants from the least well-off students has not worked, and I believe it is time to bring them back.”