Why lowering University tuition fees is not in any favour towards studentsBlogs
As some of you may know, I am in my last year of Sixth Form, and the expected route for me to take in September is to go to University. Why? Because that's what society expects, of course. What else would young people want do when they can swan off to a big city for three years to get drunk every weekend and worm their way into more than £20,000 (with interest, may I add). In any case, I have applied and been accepted into a University, but as of yet it is unclear whether I will actually attend.
Why the talk of University, you ask? 'Lauren, this is a site full of apprenticeships and other opportunities!' you say. But, hang on with me here, this does get relevant. Recently, Labour were involved in talks of reducing tuition fees to £6000 a year. Before you get excited, and automatically want to hug Ed Miliband, let's just remember who raised University tuition fees in the first place - oh yep, you've clicked, that was Labour. Yet again, young people are being messed around as if it's some sort of game and that we'll bounce back and fix their mistakes somehow.
Right anyway, great tuition fees are going to be lowered from ' extortionate' to 'still very 'ridiculous', but it seems to pass everybody's mind that students still need to be able to survive. Eating 3 Asda's own-brand super noodles a day is in no way nutritious. I think what would be more beneficial to students and prospective students would be to actually focus on how student finance, particularly maintenance loans/grants, work, because at the moment it is simply diabolical. I sort of understand the logic of how much you are given being based on your household income, but a) it doesn't take into account how many siblings you have (I have three), and b) some students don't want to rely on their families to pay for their accommodation or food, and a part-time job in a bar isn't going to cover it all.
The maintenance loan I'm entitled to? It doesn't even cover my accommodation for a year. My parents can't afford to pay for my every meal, and I have no idea where I'm going to get the rest of my money from accommodation from. Does the government care? It certainly doesn't feel like it, hence why I fully believe going for an apprenticeship or trainee scheme at this time in society will be so much more beneficial than entering the abyss of University where nobody knows at what point the financial situation is going to become better or worse.
Take the clever option and get yourself some experience whilst you still can.
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