Student Loans

How To Afford Going To University

Owen Burek | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Burek

TLDR; Don't let money worries put you off (or pull you out of) a degree. While you're right to be cautious about costs, opening your eyes to the support and strategies on offer will get you further than panic.

Students Spend Nearly £400 In Freshers' Week

Joanne Gray | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Parents
Joanne Gray

How much is Freshers' Week costing your teen?  Recent research shows that students can spend close to £400 in Freshers' Week.  Put this in the cont...

Under Pressure: The Rise Of Student Rent Prices

Thomas Smith | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Smith

As the cost of student property continues to soar against the backdrop of increasing tuition fees and curbs on government allowances, financial burdens on students will only intensify. Whether this is an inevitability, or subject to change, lays firmly within the hands of universities and the government in the coming years.

No Winners, Just Different Ways To Lose With Student Loan Repayments

Sally Hunt | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Politics
Sally Hunt

For an 18-year-old with limited experience of the earnings and tax system, it's not easy to predict the long-term effects of borrowing £44,000 to fund their degree.

Theresa May Is Saddling Britain With A Zombie Government

Valerie Vaz | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Politics
Valerie Vaz

Following a year of failure that ended in her government losing its majority, Theresa May is doing everything she can to stifle debate in Parliament. Since the election there have been just four debates on Government legislation, offering MPs a total of just under 13 hours in which to have their say.

Pass The Samosa, Not The Blame

Zara Mohammed | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Zara Mohammed

Its 11.56pm, after some very long standing for the beautiful night prayers of Ramadan, in one of London's biggest mosque, I open my phone to a barrage of messages asking if I am safe? I then hear the announcement for everyone to be vigilant, as another attack has been reported. If we are all supposed to be praying right now who could possibly be out killing?

The Heavy Price Of Student Debt On Mental Health

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Viewing our young people as a force for good; as future contributors to society and people to be invested in, will not only free them from debt slavery; such positive affirmation could provide a massive boost to their mental health.

Avocados Are The New Lipstick!

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK
Vivi Friedgut

"When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn't buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each", Australian millionaire and property mog...

The Five Most Exploitative Things About Student Loans

Liam Evans | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Evans

Student loans have quickly become the most exploitative, unethical and deceitful loan systems on the market. Uncapped to reasonable inflation they bleed those questing for higher education dry and profiteer off of hapless children committing to 30 year promises while still in school.

Why A University Degree Is Still Worth Having On Your CV In 2017

Andrew Arkley | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK
Andrew Arkley

Are we living in a post-graduate world? News headlines talk of spiralling debt and poor employment prospects for graduates, but despite looming fee in...

Bring Back Our Bursary: March For The NHS This Saturday

Jenny Killin | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Killin

Last year, students took to the streets to save the NHS bursary. This Saturday, we will again. This time though, it's about more than student funding - it is about the future of our health service itself.

How A Six-Hour Minibus Ride With Strangers Taught Me The Power Of Money

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Vivi Friedgut

Life is filled with the unexpected events. We can't control what happens to us but we can control how we react to them and how we survive them. Create, innovate, collaborate and continue to evolve and watch how your "luck" changes.

Minister Is Keeping Parents 'In The Dark' Over How Much Money Their Kids Need At Uni

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Universities Minister Jo Johnson has refused to say how much money parents are expected to give their children while at university, stating it is “n...

Student Midwife Writes Heartfelt Open Letter To Theresa May Begging Her To Save Bursaries

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

An exhausted trainee midwife’s “woman-to-woman” plea to Theresa May to save student bursaries has been shared online more than 8,000 times. The...

Thousands Of Graduates Overcharged On Student Loans Are Being Refunded Hundreds Of Pounds

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

More than 300,000 graduates have been given refunds on their student loans in the past five years after they were over-charged. The Student Loans Com...

Apprenticeships Can't Fix the Glaring Inequalities in Our Education System

Bryan Blears | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Bryan Blears

An unequal access to university perpetuates the inequality in Parliament and our judiciary. In order to shape a fairer and more equal society, we must begin with a fairer and more equal access to education.

Students Can't Handle Their Cash At University - Who's To Blame?

Lewis Oakley | Posted 09.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Oakley

Can we for once give the young people of today a break? Is it not enough that their parent's generation butchered the economy with their excessive borrowing and greedy bankers to the point where the majority will never be able to afford their own house? Should't they get this time to enjoy themselves when the harsh reality is that this is probably as good as it's ever going to get for them?

Jobs in the UK Post-Referendum

Julian Vigo | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Politics
Julian Vigo

This past week has seen Theresa May telling pro-EU civil servants to get on with the mandate of preparing the exit from the EU.  Yet recent findings ...

How to Make University Pay, Wherever and Whatever You Study

Lucy Parsons | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Parsons

The keys to making university pay are to develop your passions, collaborate on projects you care about and stay committed to excellence in everything you do. When you do these things you will form habits that will serve you well as you hunt for jobs and as you seek to progress your career.

University Education - The Need for Reform

John Watson | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Politics
John Watson

It was inevitable, I suppose, that universities would eventually lift charges to their students to take account of inflation. It was also inevitable that their ability to do so would be linked to the quality of the teaching. After all, if the student pays, teaching is what is being bought and, if the charges are to be at all respectable, the appearance of a bargain must be preserved.

Will the New Postgraduate Loan Help Plug Our Skills Gap?

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 09.07.2017 | 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 16.06.2017 | 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 04.06.2017 | 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 27.05.2017 | 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.