George Osborne announced in his Budget on Wednesday that he would scrap student grants and let universities raise tuition fees over the £9,000 cap.
As he concluded the section in his speech, he said: "It is fair to students."
It's fair to say many didn't agree:
The conversion of student grants into loans means the poorer your family, the more loans you need, and the more debt you have to pay off.— James Elliott (@JFGElliott) July 9, 2015
Student groups immediately called a national demonstration in the hours after the grant cut was announced.
The National Campaign Against Fees And Cuts, which was active during the 2010 tuition fees protests, said it would march through London 4 November.
“Students from lower income families are also those most put off by the notion of leaving education with a mountain of debt,” he said Tom Robinson, UCL Union Welfare & International Officer.
“We know that an overwhelming majority of students will never pay back their student debt; by its own logic the system of 9k fees has failed and it is utterly nonsensical that Osborne is planning to load students with more debt rather than admit this.”
Before the Budget the group said students would become “ungovernable” if fees went up again or conditions were further eroded.
Student grants go to those with a household income of less than £25,000. Mr Osborne said there was a “basic unfairness” in providing the assistance to people who could in future earn more than some others. The grants will be replaced with loans.Reuse content