The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about an economic crash. Students are now in a financial storm, their living situations and education severely disrupted, and are deeply concerned for their family members. We believe that every student, at all levels of education, should have access to a national hardship funding and every education leaver should have access to an additional grant if they are unemployed, which can be used for training and developing their skills. This is the student safety net we need.
Similarly, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our education. Students’ placements have been paused, lessons moved online and colleges shut. We need the chance to redo, reimburse or write-off.
Anyone who wants to should be able to repeat this year of studies, at no additional cost. Anyone who has paid fees through the student loan system should have their debt for this year written off – and if you’ve paid upfront, you should get that reimbursed.
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