Mary Creagh

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Students face more borrowing and more debt to go to university

Mary has congratulated all those receiving their A-level results this week, but expressed her concern at cuts to support for those who plan to start university in the autumn.

exams.jpgAround 800 students a year from low income families in Wakefield receive grants of up to £3,387 a year to help with their living costs while at university.

But the government scrapped these grants for students starting university this autumn and replaced them with bigger student loans.  This means those students will have to borrow more than their more affluent counterparts to go to university, which may put some off from going.

Responding to today’s A-level results, Mary said:

“Congratulations to everyone in Wakefield receiving their A-level results and good luck with your future plans.  Sadly, the government has scrapped maintenance grants for students from families whose income is under £25000 a year.  I will be keeping an eagle eye on the figures to ensure that this retrograde step does not put off bright students from our district from realising their dreams of going to university.  Poorer students should not be penalised just because the government got its sums wrong."

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