Do you need more university places if no one can afford to go?Posted: 12th of June 2015 by
BBC Newsnight has reported that maintenance grants that students from low income backgrounds receive may be cut by the government to save money.
The proposal which was blocked by the Lib Dems, whilst the coalition government was in place is being reinvestigated.
More than half a million students in England receive this grant at the moment and the amount that you get depends on your household income.
Nick Hillman from the Higher Education Policy Institute has said:
To be honest, although it causes big problems - it will mean bigger debts for students including poorer students - it is better than reducing the number of university places." However, it’s not clear that we will need unlimited university places if many cannot afford to go.
It is hard to see how this change can fail to disproportionately affect those students from poorer backgrounds and National Union of Students vice president Megan Dunn has said "We know that our poorest students are the most likely to be deterred by debt”
It will mean staying at home instead of moving into halls or shared accommodation and applying for shorter courses to reduce costs," she said. All of this provides even more reason to choose an apprenticeship over university.
When you are looking for an apprenticeship, or your first job, it’s probable that most of your attention will be focused on landing the role. ...
Applying for an apprenticeship can be a very competitive process and many organisations use video interviews as an initial screening process. Most...