Increase in hardship funding will support the most vulnerable students

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced an additional £1.4million to alleviate student hardship, bringing the total available to £5.6million in the 2020/21 financial year.

NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh has welcomed the news, saying that it will offer support to the most vulnerable students.

“We welcome today’s announcement of an additional £1.4 million for student hardship, which we hope will relieve some of the difficulties faced by students who are struggling financially.

“Students typically rely on temporary employment to support themselves over the summer period but this year that isn’t going to be possible for many. It is important that the Department continues to monitor the level of funding to ensure that all students facing hardship are able to receive the support they need.”

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