I've just begun my application process for student finance for uni beginning this year, so I've been looking at some of the threads on here. I've seen quite a few people complaining the maintenance loans are 'too low' to cover their living costs.
Uh, yeah? Of course they're low. The government isn't going to give every student upwards of £10k a year just so that they never have to work and can use the government to pay for rent, utilities, and food, etc. Do people not understand this, or do they genuinely believe they're going to go to uni and never have to get a job to support themselves?
I saw one OP complaining how her 5k loan wasn't enough to cover her rent which was ~5.6k. I was literally like ..........ummm,,, ?? And all the people in the comments like "Aw hun, you could always get a part time job? That might help X" like ??
For me personally, a 5.6k loan would cover my ENTIRE rent (I'm looking at renting a flat with my partner, with a maximum rent of 800pw for the both of us. Looking at our courses being ~7months, 5.6k would cover yearly rent for the both of us, hypothetically). But regardless, getting a job is part of uni life. It isn't easy. I never once thought I'd swan off to uni and have everything paid for me. I know I'll have to work hard to pay for things, and the bank of mummy and daddy isn't going to be available for me to dip into like a lot of people's.
Maintenance is not a grant to make your life easy, but it's support to make your life easier, or cover you in emergencies. But why do people expect it to cover everything?
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