A fifth of students are abandoning their hopes of going to university in the wake of Chancellor George Osborne’s plans to scrap maintenance grants, a new survey has found.
From the 5,722 students polled by The Student Room, the 19 per cent said it won’t be affordable for them anymore following the announcement the grant will be turned into a loan from September 2016.
Another 51 per cent said they’ll now have to seriously consider whether they’ll be able to afford it with a further 28 per cent saying that, if they do decide to go, they’ll have to live with parents and family.
Community director of The Student Room, Jack Wallington, said the cost of university is already a concern for many students and added: “We constantly hear from our members that debt is an issue that keeps them awake at night.”
With over 66 per cent of students saying they don’t want to be saddled with debt and would rather get on and start earning money, it seems there may be a major – and worrying – shift about to occur within higher education in the UK:
I wanted to go back to university but George Osbourne's reminded me why I wanted to leave in the first place. It's just too damn expensive!; Bhrianna Levene-Ward (@BriieButterfly) July 8, 2015
@George_Osborne please don't cut student maintenance, I need that to go to university, otherwise your tuition fees make it too expensive; Liam Morgan (@LMorgan_SUFC) July 8, 2015
Should probably just cancel my application to university with maintenance grant being scrapped congrats Tories x; Emily Rose Barrett (@_EmilyBarrett) July 8, 2015
cutting the maintenance grant is drastic, it's been a life saver for me this year #budget2015; Lauren (@laurenemdavies) July 8, 2015
There would be absolutely no chance of me being able to live at university or even go if it weren't for my maintenance grant; Alice Williams (@AliceRWilliams) July 8, 2015
if this whole maintenance grant gets scrapped before I graduate from uni I'll be leaving uni with no degree; zoe (@zoefitzgeraaald) July 7, 2015