We know that for many students, every day is already a struggle to meet the costs of living and studying. Instead of helping those in need. George Osborne’s July budget made matters worse. The planned scrapping of university maintenance grants and continued cuts to further education are among the measures that will stop many from continuing their education.
The government has since failed at every turn to research the impact these changes will have on the choices and ambitions of students from poorer backgrounds.
NUS firmly believes that it is now time to demand that politicians invest in education to benefit the whole of society, instead of shifting the debt they created onto our shoulders.
Let’s build on the fantastic campaigning led by students during our maintenance grants constituency lobby and take the fight to Westminster on 8 December.
NUS President Megan Dunn said it was ‘time to stop the tide and take the fight to parliament’, adding: ‘The costs of study and living are making education increasingly unequal. Instead of helping those in need, George Osborne’s July budget created a perfect storm that will stop many from continuing their education.’
The scrapping of university maintenance grants will burden poorer students with higher debt and put many off going in the first place. The continued cuts to further education will lead to the closure and merger of many colleges, leaving many students with a further, more expensive journey to study.
NUS Vice President (Higher Education) Sorana Vieru has stated that freezing the loan repayment threshold and selling off the old loan book will make students even more nervous about taking on debt to fund their education.
Join us on Tuesday 8 December and together we take the fight to parliament and demand that politicians #CutTheCosts we face, both today and in the future.