Torbay MP Adrian Sanders is encouraging all continuing and prospective students to apply in good time to ensure they receive student loans for the 2010/11 academic year.
The National Audit Office today published a damning report into last year’s student loan fiasco, where thousands of students did not receive necessary loans to cover rent and other living costs. The report also stated that it was doubtful whether all of the 2009 problems would be resolved for 2010.
The following dates apply as final deadlines:
April 23 for prospective and returning students who are applying for the basic loan only.
May 21 for continuing students who received loans in 2009/10 and are applying for means tested loans for 2010/11
June 25 for new students applying for means tested loans for 2010/11
Adrian told the Devon Week: “The problems last year smacked of Ministerial incompetence and lazy bureaucracy. That these problems are likely to recur is a serious indictment on the Government.
“It is therefore very important that students hoping to attend university in the autumn, even if they do not have a place or offer at the moment, must apply as soon as possible for their loans. Anyone with questions on their specific case can contact my office for advice on 01803 200036.”
(from a press release)