||<p>Students starting full-time courses in the 2016/17 academic year on the lowest
incomes benefited from an additional 10.3% of upfront living costs support when compared
to the previous academic year.</p><p>In 2017, 20.4% of 18 year olds from the most
disadvantaged backgrounds (measured using POLAR, a measure of educational disadvantage)
entered higher education, which is the highest proportion on record and an increase
of 0.9% from 2016 – please see UCAS ‘End of Cycle Report 2017’ for this statistic,
found at: <a href="https://www.ucas.com/data-and-analysis/ucas-undergraduate-releases/ucas-undergraduate-analysis-reports/2017-end-cycle-report"
full equality analysis of changes to HE student finance for 2016/17, including the
replacement of maintenance grants by loans, was published on GOV.UK in November 2015
and can be viewed at the following link: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/482110/bis-15-639-student-finance-equality-analysis.pdf"
target="_blank">Higher Education Student Finance Equality Analysis</a>.</p>