Return of grants and student loan increases?

Report calls for increases in maintenance loans

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BCUSU was one of 70 students' unions that submitted evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Students (APPG). It published its final report last week making a series of recommendations.


The APPG has recommended that the UK Government:

  • Provides additional hardship funding through universities

  • Increases student maintenance loans and protect loans from inflation forecast errors

  • Consider re-introducing means-tested maintenance grants

  • Increase the lower household income threshold for the maximum student loan


For universities, the following recommendations are made:

  • Increase student awareness of financial support

  • Review application processes for support and remove barriers

  • Share information on cost-of-living initiatives

  • Provide specific support for students working long hours in paid employment

Read the full report


What Next?

Now the report has been published, we will be:

  1. Contacting local MPs to lobby them on the recommendations.

  2. Asking the university to increase awareness of university funds and making it easier to apply

Find Cost of Living support and details for university funds

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