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FE loans can ‘make a real difference’ to learners

Student Loans Company chief Peter Lauener advocates model for FE students

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Student loans are controversial issues. Many believe that students – particularly those in further education who often come from Scotland’s more deprived neighbourhoods – should never be required to get into debt to finance their time in education. Others, however, believe that in the age of credit cards and payday loans, a well set-up loans system is a safe way for students to finance themselves.

Last November, in her independent review of student financial support in Scotland, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, chief executive of Virgin Money, pointed out that 70 per cent of students had to supplement the ...

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