Student Loans

Will the New Postgraduate Loan Help Plug Our Skills Gap?

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

The introduction of the postgrad student loan is a massive step forward for students, higher education and the UK. If we just take care to nurture other pieces of the puzzle, it can also be a massive stepping stone to widespread skills development.

If We Leave Europe, It Will Be Young People Who Suffer the Most

Jack Colyer | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Colyer

The fact is, I need the EU to keep my government in check, I need the EU to control the financial sector that is tearing Britain into unequal chunks of extreme wealth and poverty, but most of all, I need the EU so the British government does not continue to benefit for my generations political apathy, implementing laws that take advantage of our alienation.

Going Back to Uni - A Road Less Travelled

Becky Barnes | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Barnes

At the back of my mind I had always felt disappointed that I had never finished university. I was an intelligent woman who had drifted in and out of a succession of less than inspiring jobs and I always felt I was capable of so much more, but I didn't know what.

Martin Lewis Blasts Government Over 'Pig-Headed' Response To Loan Change Concerns

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Martin Lewis has slammed the government and Universities Minister Jo Johnson as "pig-headed" in their refusal to properly address concerns about retro...

The Viral Letter About Mis-sold Student Loans Due to Retrospective Interest Hikes Is Well Meaning, But Wrong

Martin Lewis | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Martin Lewis

The papers are full of an angry letter from recent graduate Simon Crowther to his MP, which has been shared over 20,000 times, complaining about retrospective hikes to student loan interest... The content of the letter isn't technically correct, and shows a continued general misunderstanding of how student finance works, that could mislead some.

Thousands Are Signing This Petition To Force Student Loan Changes Debate

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A petition against retrospective changes to student loans will surpass 100,000 signatures today, prompting a potential debate in Parliament. Amendment...

Thousands Are Sharing This Graduate’s Blistering Attack On Student Loan Changes

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A recent graduate's criticism of the government's “underhand” changes to student loans has gained support from thousands online. UPDATE: Petition...

This Student Loan Repayment Song Is 'The Most Relatable Song Ever'

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A music video in celebration of repaying student loans has been described as the 'most relatable song ever' after being shared millions of times acros...

Student Loan Stupidity - Not All of Us Learn to Earn

Kylie Barton | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kylie Barton

The system is flawed because not all student put money as the KPI of what makes a good job. That is the presumption of the Tory government which will mean that student loans inevitably will remain unpaid.

'Deceitful' Government Used Junior Doctors' Row To 'Bury Bad News'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK Politics

LATEST: Junior Doctors Could Still Foil Hunt's Contract Imposition The Government has been accused of “deceit” for using its row with junior do...

David Cameron Snubs My Retrospective Student Loan Hike Open Letter

Martin Lewis | Posted 06.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Martin Lewis

Two weeks ago I sent the Prime Minister an open letter about the disgraceful retrospective hike in student loans. Those who started university since 2012 currently repay 9% of everything earned above £21,000 - this threshold was supposed to rise annually from 2017, but the Government has now frozen it.

David Cameron Accused Of 'Snubbing' Millions Of Students Over Loans Hike

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

High profile finance expert Martin Lewis has said he has been "snubbed" by David Cameron after writing an open letter to the Prime Minister highlighti...

Why the Government is Wrong to Abolish Maintenance Grants

Emily Beatrice Morris | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Beatrice Morris

A maintenance grant provided me with hope and confidence that I did belong at university. Without the grant, I would never have entertained the prospective of university. This government seems hell bent on severely restricting the options of minority groups and reinforcing the stereotype that only the privilege should attend university.

PMQs: In 2010 David Cameron Backed Student Grants For Poorest. No Longer

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron has confirmed he has changed his mind on the need for student grants for the poorest students - telling MPs a system of loans and fees i...

Tory Britain: Scrapping Grants and Making Students Pay

Ronnie Cowan | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Politics
Ronnie Cowan

Scrapping maintenance grants is a desperate attempt by Osborne to find savings wherever he can because as a Chancellor he has failed consistently to meet any target he has ever set himself. This proposed saving of £1.57billion is a drop in the ocean compared to our £1.5trillion worth of debt that has increased under Osborne's time as Chancellor. Again Osborne has pound signs in his eyes with no idea of the actual worth.

Martin Lewis Writes A Damning Open Letter To David Cameron Over 'Disgraceful' Move

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Martin Lewis, founder of the MoneySavingExpert site, has written a damning open letter to David Cameron, voicing his concern over the legality of the ...

Open Letter to David Cameron About the Retrospective Student Loan Hike

Martin Lewis | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Martin Lewis

As you may be aware, I have engaged lawyers who are currently looking at whether this change can be challenged legally. Yet this is just as much a moral issue as a legal one. A retrospective change will destroy any trust current and future generations can have in the student finance system, and perhaps, even more widely, in the political system as a whole.

The Waugh Zone January 14, 2016

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday January 14, 2016… 1) GRAY-LINGUA FRANCA The Cabinet Brexit starting gun has been fired by none ...

The Government's Behaviour on Student Grants Is Underhanded and Undemocratic - We Must Not Stand for It

Wes Streeting | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Politics
Wes Streeting

Grants designed to support students from the poorest backgrounds through university will be abolished today, but if you plan to tune in to BBC Parliament to watch a fiery political exchange you'll be sorely disappointed. There will be no Commons debate, no Commons vote and no sign of the mass demonstrations that shook the government that chose to treble university tuition fees five years ago... The government's behaviour is underhand and undemocratic. The poorest students will lose out as a result, making the policy unfair. Students, and the general public, should not stand for it.

Britons Cannot Safely Afford Loans

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
Mohadesa Najumi

The government would rather that we are in the dark about what "Affordable loans" really mean for honest, hard-working Britons.

Money Expert Martin Lewis Hires Lawyers To Probe Tory Changes To Student Loans

The Huffington Post UK | Jasmin Gray | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Money expert Martin Lewis has hired a team of lawyers to investigate changes to student loan repayments announced in George Osborne's autumn statement...

Students Are Right to Be Angry, But #CutTheCosts Isn't the Answer

Mark Detre | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Detre

It would be counter-intuitive for the NUS to argue for fewer universities, and fewer students. But if that in turn came with less debt and happier undergraduates, it might just be worth it for everyone.

Should I Pay for My Own Higher Education?

Richard Batt | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Batt

As I start out on my journey to the world of higher education I was surprised to switch on the TV to see former Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg sp...

Chloe Smith, Hands off Our Grants

Liam McCafferty | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Liam McCafferty

We shouldn't expect poorer students are expected to pay more for the privilege to study. It isn't fair to shackling our young people with increasing amount of debt. Surely we looking to build a funding system for higher education that accessible and recognises the social benefits of education for all.

How to Successfully Navigate Student Finance

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Leeanne Boulton

If you find your money is draining away too quickly, you could consider getting a job. There will be plenty of employers looking for workers to cover shifts in pubs, cafes and shops at the start of the new academic year.