A 334 per cent rise
Commercial debt (credit cards, overdrafts, bank loans) has risen by 334 per cent to Pounds 1,097 for full-time further education students in three years, according to the report from the Scottish Student Income, Expenditure and Debt Survey. For full-time higher education students, the increase was 60 per cent to Pounds 1,284 on average. Living and study costs in HE stood at Pounds 6,339 for full-time students in 2007-08, and Pounds 5,581 for full- time FE students. The National Union of Students Scotland said the figures strengthened the case for more action on student hardship.