UK universities call for maintenance loan uplift amid students’ financial woes

Russell Group says rise in hardship funding also needed as survey shows average maintenance loan falls £439 short each month

The government is being urged not to forget students in the cost of living crisis, as universities report growing numbers turning to them for help with financial worries.

Ahead of Friday’s mini-budget, the Russell Group of research-intensive universities called for an immediate uplift in maintenance loans in line with current inflation, as well as an increase in hardship funding to target those most in need.

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