Russell Group calls for uplift to maintenance loans to reflect actual inflation each year

19 December 2023

Responding to new figures released by The Sutton Trust outlining how two thirds of students are struggling with the cost of living, Tim Bradshaw Chief Executive of The Russell Group said:

“These figures add further weight to the case for an increase in maintenance loans, so students have enough money to live on.

“In response to the rising cost of living, universities are stepping up support for students, including investing tens of millions in additional hardship funding and other financial help, as well as a range of other measures such as providing subsidised food and extending access to campus facilities.

“However, as these findings show, the scale of the issue means additional Government support is needed. To ensure students can cover the cost of essentials and are able to focus on their studies, we urge the Government to uplift maintenance loans to reflect actual average inflation each year and reintroduce maintenance grants in England for the most disadvantaged students.” 

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