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Increase University Maintenance Loan

Submitted on Thursday 4th August 2011

Published on Monday 15th August 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 15th August 2012

Signatures: 5

Petition Action

Increase University Maintenance Loan

Additional Information

Currently a maintenance loan of around £3,500 is available to any student who begins studying at University, irrespective of parental income. If parents earn less than around £50,000 then this amount increases gradually, to a maximum of £4,950.

At 18 years of age, you are independent. Why should it be down to your parents to give further support in ensuring you are able to go to University and study in an environment in which you will thrive?

In September, I will hopefully commence study of medicine at Oxford. My maintenance loan barely covers accommodation. Not my food, or my clothes, or a computer, or my books, or a bike, or transport... I wouldn't say that these things are idyllic to a 'student lifestyle' of clubbing and the like.

So this petition is for a reconsideration of how maintenance loans work, in the hope that the government will find a fairer way that disadvantages no students from going to university.

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