Feb 28th, 2018
By Becca McCarthy
Does this sound fair to you? Right now, the child of a nurse will end up paying more to go to university than the child of a banker. Since the government abolished ‘maintenance grants’, lower-income students are having to take out bigger loans than their wealthier friends, just to pay for their living costs while they study. 
The government just admitted that the higher education system isn’t working.  The Department for Education have launched a review to decide how to fix it.  96% of 38 Degrees-ers voted to make our voice heard – and campaign to bring back maintenance grants to help low-income students. 
If tens of thousands of us get involved, we can show the government that the public wants them to level the playing field in education – and bring back maintenance grants for good.
Will you sign the petition to get the government to bring back maintenance grants for lower-income students? It’ll take less than a minute:
‘Maintenance grants’ are money the government used to give to students from lower-income families to help pay for rent, food and heating, so that they could study at university. 
By abolishing maintenance grants, the government made it harder for students who are less well-off to pay for university.  They’ve had to borrow more than their wealthier friends for exactly the same education, just because their parents don’t have as much money.
96% of 38 Degrees members decided that together, we should run this campaign.  From the doctor who said they wouldn’t have been able to complete their education without the support of a grant, to the single mum now struggling to support her student son – maintenance grants can make a difference.
 In 2015, the government abolished maintenance grants and replaced them with loans, meaning that students from lower-income families will face higher debts to go to university:
The Guardian: Abolition of student maintenance grant ‘will hurt those most in need’:
BBC: Student grants replaced by loans:
 Gov.UK: Prime Minister’s speech: The right education for everyone:
 Gov.UK: Prime Minister launches major review of post-18 education:
 38 Degrees blog: Maintenance grants survey: the results
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