Student Loans

'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 09.07.2014 | 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 02.07.2014 | 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 26.06.2014 | 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...

Meet The Graduate Who Spent Her £10k Student Loan On Lipo

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

For most students, taking out the £10,000 loan offered by the government is a huge responsibility, only justified by the opportunity to get a degree ...

Stop the Sell Off of Student Loans, Education and the Next Generation

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

After four years as a Soas student, I'm about to graduate with a considerable amount of debt, albeit not compared to those now paying historic £9000 ...

Tuition Fees, the Worst of Both Worlds

David Smith | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Smith

What is clear is that universities are being forced to make pricing decisions and think like commercial businesses like never before. True marketisation may not be a bad thing for the sector - with fees genuinely linked to the value delivered - but the current model is the worst of both worlds.

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 13.05.2014 | 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?