Northern Irish Student FinanceWatch
I'm N. Irish and going to be going to an English uni. My household income is under £19,000 between my mum and dad to support themselves and me and my younger sister, so needless to say I would be receiving the highest possible amount they offer when they take that into account. I have just discovered that the student finance I can receive, between both the maintenance loan AND maintenance grant, is still almost £3k LESS than what someone in England can get up to. I would understand this perhaps if it was about cost of living being higher in England, but I'm literally going to an English uni too? And a typically posh expensive one at that?? I will be paying the exact same amount as an English person who's getting that £3k extra in maintenance.
Just wondering if anyone knows why this is and how on earth it's fair?? Firstly they want us to repay our loans a whole £6k earlier than the English (who don't have to start paying back until earning over £26k), and now they won't even loan us enough money to afford accommodation?
Anyway, f*ck the system.