Student Loans

Reducing Student Grants Is Not Fault-Free and Affects Poor Students Most - But It Is Better Than Some Alternatives

Nick Hillman | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Hillman

So the policy is not fault-free and will affect the poorest students the most. But it is better than some of the alternatives, such as cutting the number of higher education places, which would directly reduce the opportunity to study at a higher level, and the Government was elected on a mandate of reducing the deficit further.

For Once I Agree With Russell Brand, Young People Need to Vote Labour

Amelia-Rose Tighe | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia-Rose Tighe

Vote for a party which holds at its core a commitment to making the lives of the next generation better than the last.

I Am Fraternising With the Enemy and Voting Lib Dem, and Here Is Why

Charley Bendall | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charley Bendall

I'm a student, and I'm voting Lib Dem. These two statements should not forge some irreconcilable conflict, but to many of my peers, they do. When I announce my political predilection, I'm regularly met with a furrowed brow and a medley of phrases such as, 'don't you feel betrayed?' or 'they just let us down.'

Graduate Doctors Landed With £82k Of Debt They Can't Pay Back

PA | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Doctors who graduated last year will have amassed debts of more than £82,000 and are unlikely to be able to pay back their student loans, according t...

Woman's £36,000 Student Loan Written Off Thanks To An Inspiring Story

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Former student Rhea Shannon has been given a dream gift after her father's death left her struggling to repay her loans. Having co-signed on the lo...

Why £6,000 Fees Aren't the Answer We're All Looking For

Chloe Schendel-Wilson | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Schendel-Wilson

Many current students at Bournemouth University appear that to have now accepted £9,000 tuition fees as the norm and are even prepared for the possibility that the next Government could increase them further. They described fees to me as "money that you don't see", and were instead far more concerned with day-to-day survival...

Changes to Postgraduate Study Support Must Not Be an Opportunity Missed

Dave Phoenix | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dave Phoenix

When the Government revealed plans in the 2014 Autumn Statement to introduce a major overhaul of postgraduate funding in England, the news was greeted with cautious optimism by the higher education sector...

Student Debt To Cost Britain Billions Over Next 30 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Student debt will cost Britain billions over the next 30 years, figures obtained by a former universities minister reveal. John Denham, a former La...

Student Funding: We Must Demand More

Shelly Asquith | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shelly Asquith

There are a number of ways the student funding system can be made more accessible and complementary of a model of free education. We need to keep grants and benefits in our demands and force the Government to act before another year of would-be graduates delay or avoid education altogether.

Foreign Students Wrongly Handed £5.4m Of Taxpayer-Funded Loans

PA | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Foreign students were handed taxpayer-funded loans and grants worth £5.4m to which they were not entitled, a public spending watchdog revealed. Th...

Nearly Three Quarters Of Students 'Unable To Repay Student Loans'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly three quarters of students may never pay back their students loans, as the current funding system represents "the worst of both worlds" accordi...

Middle Income Families - Too Poor for University?

Becky Hopper | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

Next time you hear someone explain that they 'can't afford to go to university' because they're from a low income family, please introduce them to the calamity that is Student Finance England.

Making Loans Work for Students, Not the Other Way Round

One Young World | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

This blog is by Juan Guerra. Juan is a One Young World Ambassador from Mexico and the CEO of StudentFunder. He was a delegate speaker during the Edu...

A Few Useless Words of Advice for Students

Alex McBride | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex McBride

I left it a 'bit late' till I realised that University was the only viable option left for me to spend my afternoons in bed and my early hours watching films I'd seen before and eating Rocky Road bites, but nevertheless, I'm here now and going into my second year at 23...

Ten Money Savers for Students

Sarah Willingham | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Willingham

Students spend £1,070 per academic year on books and equipment alone and your student loan will only stretch so far, especially when you discover that the average (non-London) student can expect to spend £22,189 a year! WOW! BUT there are ways to save as a student and still have money for beer!!

Government To Develop Sharia Student Loan System For Muslim Students

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The government is to develop a student loan system complaint for Sharia Law in order to boost the Muslim population at England's universities, it has ...

How Did the Government Get Away With Charging Students 5.5% for a Student Loan?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Cunningham

Did you know that compound interest is also chargeable from day one so that students pay interest on the interest? Thought you didn't. Did you know that to stop your student loan spiralling out of control, due to interest, a post graduate salary of £48,000 is needed before you begin to even chip away at the balance.

Student Finance 101

Stefan R M Lancy | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan R M Lancy

What can students do to alleviate or at least mitigate these burdensome, high levels of debt and not be crushed by the sheer prospect of it? ... The following tips might just help you out when it comes to that sticky, awkward time between payday and creditor knocking on your door day.

Could You Soon Be Borrowing Your Student Loan From Your University?

The Huffington Post UK | Miriam Brown | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Graduates could soon be repaying their student loan to their university, if a new policy proposed by the former universities minister goes ahead. U...

Grieving Family Hounded For $200,000 In Tuition Fees After Daughter Suddenly Dies

The Huffington Post UK | Miriam Brown | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A grieving family is being hounded for $200,000 in tuition fees after their daughter, who was a nursing student, suddenly died of liver failure. Li...

'Disturbing' Student Loans System At 'Tipping Point', MPs Warn

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The student loans system is at "tipping point" due to Government miscalculations and problems with collecting repayments, a cross-party group of MPs h...

Guidance for The Naive Undergraduate - Part Seven: Have You Considered Getting A Part-Time Job?

Thomas Hurdsfield | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hurdsfield

The job was quite easy really but my fellow colleagues were anything but fun... The manager was covered head to toe in jewelry; I came to the conclusion that her long-suffering husband liked her so much he put a ring on it, or rather four rings on every finger, she was like a metal detectors wet dream.

Affordable Art: Student Investment Or Taxation On The Grocery Budget?

Henry Broome | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Henry Broome

As a student, the money you invest in affordable in art may well perish like the groceries you sought to avoid budgeting for, but the fair caters for a demographic with a disposable income. So see art at this level as an indulgence to be enjoyed later in life rather a scheme to help stay off budgeting.

Guidance for the Naive Undergraduate - Part Six: Money, Money, Money (not the Abba song!).

Thomas Hurdsfield | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hurdsfield

Of course, a huge problem of being a student has to be having dealings with Student Finance England or not them again, as I prefer to call them. Student Finance England are very much like the sexually transmitted infection Herpes, no matter what you do or say, all it takes is one encounter and you are riddled for life...

EU Students Cost UK Taxpayer £38m In Unpaid Student Loans

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

European students are costing UK taxpayers £38m in unpaid student loans, with those from countries such as Romania and Lithuania racking up the bigge...