Tuesday, 18 August 2009

UKIP renews call for student grants

UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire has called for student grants to replace the current debt-making student loan programme.

"This is about investing in our future - why don't we take a share of the £45 million a day we waste on the EU to invest in our youth. Young people have enough to worry about – they should be concentrating on their studies and future not mounting debts," said Ms Sinclaire.

British undergraduates will on average owe around £5,000 for every year of study suggested a poll of 2,000 students. Freshers should expect to complete their first year of study with more than £21,200 of debt by the time they graduate suggested The Push Student Debt Survey.

Those starting degree courses this autumn could see their debt levels pushed to around £23,500. Students across England fare worse in contrast to their students in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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