● I think a bigger issue than course related costs is the student allowance, and how some students get free money while others do not, based on parents income (which is in most cases irrelevant as I don’t know anyone whose parents are paying towards the degree). I hate how I have to work 20 hours at the supermarket (on top of getting living costs that go on my loan), because Studylink says that my Dad earns enough to support three children under 23 at University. You can imagine how much money he gives us- like everyone else I get zero. Then there are the people who can’t be bothered working because Studylink generously gives them free money (part of my tax from my supermarket job). Then they get to laze around, or if they’re a “good” student then they have the opportunity to spend the time doing extra study for assignments (lucky for some). They can enjoy spending their free money on eating out, movies, alcohol, or whatever else they’re into (because remember they can also get the living costs on their loan). Another friend of mine recently got married, but because she is 22, Studylink still goes on her parents income. I hate the student allowance, the free money should be abolished (that’d surely save the Government millions/billions). Then, in the case where course-related costs or living costs doesn’t add up to enough, and the student can not hold down a job for a valid reason, then they could apply for a student benefit. ENOUGH OF THE FREE MONEY!
Thanks for reading my rant,
Gen, 3rd Year coms student