Student Loans

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.

'Immigrant' Student With Straight A*s Refused Loan To Go To University - Despite Living In UK Since He Was 9

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A student who achieved four straight A*s in his A-levels may not be able to take up a university offer as he has been told he is ineligible for a stud...

Grants Raid Puts Money Where It's Needed - In Students' Pockets

Owen Burek | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Burek

The current set-up goes easiest on those at the extremes - those from the lowest or highest income backgrounds while, across the board, there's increasingly disparity. Removing Grants raises as many questions as it answers, but is more in tune with daily student hardship than anything else on offer.

Keep the Grants - They Are an Important Lifeline for Many

Dave Cocozza | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dave Cocozza

Educational maintenance grants are just one measure that have helped unlock the doors of higher education for many - they provide the opportunity for every student to start on a near-equal footing. But this government has perniciously just swiped away that opportunity, and is going to destroy the aspirations of future generations.

Why Are We Ignoring the Student Living Costs Struggle?

Richard Batt | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Batt

While most of the focus is understandably on the rise of cost of student loans, the financial struggles for university students is just as important. When a student is paying up to £9,000 a year to go to university, the pressure is on them to ensure they walk away with a qualification. When they cannot afford to pay for rent or food, it is likely that the stress will impact their studies - especially if their parents cannot assist them in any way.

The Tories Don't Care About Equality - Only We Can Create A Better Society

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Sara McCorquodale

Rather than turn on each other - as this wretched ruling party almost baits us to - we must unite. If the government refuses to provide a system allowing everyone the same opportunities, we must create our own. Screw them, their ideas are stupidly predictable anyway. We can do better.

Why Do Conservatives Want to Create Education Barriers?

Nash Riggins | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

When are we going to stop shooting ourselves in the foot? If we want to bolster domestic business and really get our economy moving, higher education is the last thing we should be taking a swing at. We're perpetuating our own lack of knowledge, and it's going to cost us in the long run.

This Could Have Been a Good Budget, Were It Not for Two Announcements That Made Me See Red

Suzanne Evans | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Suzanne Evans

This could have been a good budget and one I would have welcomed, were it not for two announcements that made me see red: the pledge to scrap the Student Maintenance Grant and proposals to force lone parents of three and four year olds into work through the extension of the childcare voucher scheme.

A Typical Tory Transaction: Tax Cuts for the Rich, Grants Cut for the Poorest Students

Shelly Asquith | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shelly Asquith

By cutting maintenance grants and replacing them with higher loans, working class students with the lowest incomes will have even more to pay back... I worked long hours in part time jobs, got a credit card and I'm still in my overdraft - but I just about made it. When students are already struggling and support is cut further, how many will we lose?

Giving it Back

Paul Clayton | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

The government are not going to suddenly fund drama training for people on low incomes. Despite the proven value an excellent drama training has in equipping people for so many roles in life, as well as in the arts, it's probably a low priority with graduates from low income families in medicine, law, and so many other areas also fighting for support

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...