Student hardship pleas ‘increase’

UK“There has been a big increase in the number of university students across the UK applying for emergency hardship funds, research by the BBC suggests. Of the 18 universities contacted, 11 saw rises as students struggle to pay fees and costs as part-time work dries up and more parents lose their jobs. Plymouth says requests are up by 38% and Newcastle 20%. University College London and Cardiff also reported rises. Ministers say they are doing what they can to ensure finance is not a barrier …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 March]

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