Student Loans

Students Will Still Be Paying Back Tuition Fee Loans In Their 50s, Study Warns

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The vast majority of students will still be paying back university tuition fee loans when they are in their early 50s, and many will never repay their...

Sharia Law Student Loans To Be Introduced To Encourage More Muslims Into University

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The government is planning to introduce student loans which will be compliant with Sharia law in order to encourage more Muslims to attend university....

Student Loans Are A 'Catastrophic Time Bomb', Warns Labour

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The student loans repayment system could be a catastrophic time bomb for the Liberal Democrats, Labour has warned, after it emerged nearly half of gra...

45% Of Student Loans Will Never Be Paid Back, Risks Tuition Fee Gains

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A Government prediction that around 45% of student loans will never be paid back has raised concerns about the benefits of raising tuition fees. Th...

Will We Ever Repay Our Student Loans?

Imogen Groome | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

The rise in interest rates and the disappearance of the 30-year cap on loan repayments mean that graduates could be in debt until they retire. This move could deter students from applying to University, making the motive of increasing tuition fees to improve standards useless.

Letter: Why We Are Fighting the Student Debt Sell Off

Fiona Edwards | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Fiona Edwards

As a secret report for the government has confirmed, to ensure the student loan book is profitable for private companies the cap on interest for repayments would need to be increased. This means graduates would effectively face a retrospective hike in the cost of their tuition fees.

Student Movement Gets Ready to Resist Rising Debt

Matt Stanley | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Stanley

This year the Tories are preparing a new, massive attack on students, which promise to be as regressive and damaging to the future of millions of people as the trebling of tuition fees has been - plotting to sell all our student loans to private debt collectors, who are hungry to make a profit out of saddling us with more debt than we signed up to. Students are, however, building a movement to stop the government in its tracks.

The Student Cost of Living Crisis

Richard Brooks | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Brooks

Students are living in poverty, and it is not even on the radar on the political agenda. There are two key issues here; firstly, the general cost of living is going up, whilst the amount of loan and grants that students are receiving are remaining entirely still.

Autumn Statement 2013: What's In It For Young People And Students?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

George Osborne delivered his much anticipated Autumn Statement on Thursday, but what was in it for young people and students? The chancellor told t...

Five BILLION Unaccounted For After Government 'Loses Track' Of Students Who've Borrowed Money

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

More than £5bn is unaccounted for because the government has lost track of students who borrowed the money to pay for university tuition fees, it has...

Is Privatisation Really the Answer?

Nash Riggins | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

The Student Loans Company has always been an enigmatic public burden - a costly but necessary evil that allows Britain to foster young talent and train the leaders of tomorrow. In turn, these government-funded loans go on to perpetuate a forward-thinking attitude that willingly takes on the risk of investing in people rather than a plethora of tangible, short-term cash cows. Well, apparently the government has decided investing in people is no longer worth the risk...

Third Year Students Partying Harder Than Freshers

The Huffington Post UK | Emma Reidy | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

It may seem hard to believe, but The National Student Money Survey 2013 has revealed that third year students are partying harder than freshers. ...

It's Official: Government Sells Student Loans Worth £890m To Private Company For £160m

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Student loans taken out between 1990 and 1998 and worth £890m have been sold to a private company for £160m, the government has confirmed, in a high...

Student Loans Sold To Debt Collection Agency

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

After student protests across the country, on Monday the Government will sell off £900 million of student loans to a private debt collection agency, ...

"I'm Appalled To Admit They Drink Less And Study More."

The Huffington Post UK | Emma Reidy | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

An age of sobriety is developing amongst Britain's students as they struggle to cope with the steep rise in tuition fees and "simply cannot afford" to...

Britain's Vainest Students

The Huffington Post UK | Emma Reidy | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Students are spending a colossal average of £1,109 on beauty products, with Lancaster topping the polls as the vainest university, It has been reveal...

Selling Off the Loan Book Would Be the Government's Most Outrageous Attack on Students, So Why Aren't the NUS More Concerned?

James Elliott | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Elliott

What could be more outrageous than the undemocratic trebling of tuition fees, or the fundamentally anti-working class policy of scrapping EMA, denying thousands of poorer students their chance at further and higher education? After the attacks on FEs, raising fees for adult learners and axing half a million places, where could the coalition sink to next?

Government - Please Don't Sell Off My Debt!

Hannah Clare | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Clare

I dread to think how people just six months younger than me feel being charged triple what I am and it's about to get worse for all of us. In order to make some money, the Government have announced plans to sell off our debt to private companies.

Next Blow to Education: Privatisation of the Student Loan Book

Jamie England | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie England

In June this year, Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, confirmed that the government would be privatising the student loan book as part of a greater flogging of state assets in order to raise £15 billion.

The Perks and Pitfalls of Studying Abroad

Luke McManus | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Luke McManus

When I discovered that my language degree required me to spend a year's study in the Middle East, I couldn't work out how I felt. Was it excitement or apprehension? Becoming an international student means many things; poor exchange rates, unfamiliar culture and language barriers are to name but a few.

Student Budget: The Disappearing Loan Act

Louisa Clack | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Louisa Clack

I work part-time during the holidays and attempt to cling on to my wages for as long as possible during term time but I am starting to miss the monthly boost to my bank account that takes a violent drop as soon as I return to university. With these pressures of spending becoming almost expected, it appears that student budgeting is far more complicated than meets the eye...

'Crisis' Warning As Students Struggling To Make Ends Meet

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Students are struggling to meet their everyday costs, prompting warnings of a looming "living crisis" as many face funding shortfalls of thousands of ...

To Move or Not to Move?

Gemma Parry | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

When I first began my university experience all those years ago in 2011, I was one of those annoying people who cried endlessly for their parents and wanted nothing more than to go home. Now, however, I am about to start my third year at Swansea University and I am so happy to be back in my student house with permanent bottles of wine in the fridge in favour of actual food, permanent damp and occasional mice.

Tuition Fees Are Still a Problem, Here Is Why

Patrick Thompson | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Patrick Thompson

This autumn, for the second year in a row, the number of young people going to university will fall. Three years on from the decision to increase tuition fees, the coalition's promise that the hike in the cost of higher education would help universities and not hinder applicants has been found wanting.

Should You Get a Job While at University?

Brett Janes | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Brett Janes

With the new University term a few weeks away, and some freshers already enjoying their very first taste of university life, many will be wondering; is it worth getting a job while away at University?