FE students' support must be ‘fit for purpose’
New package proposes minimum income of £8,150 and parity with HE students
Student support funding across the UK has been a serious concern to not only student representatives, but also college leaders. So when the chief executive of Virgin Money published her independent review for Scotland last week, her recommendations to put FE students on a par with their peers in higher education – while also introducing a minimum income of £8,150 and a move to write off loans for FE students if they move into HE, so they don’t get penalised – attracted much interest.
If implemented, Jayne-Anne Gadhia claimed, the total support package would be the best of any UK nation.