The BBC reports that the head of an elite group of universities has called for maintenance grants to be restored to help improve diversity in higher education.
Tim Bradshaw, who leads the Russell Group, told the Independent the grant could make a “substantial difference” to young people “nervous” about debt
He said it could also encourage more people to consider applying at all.
The government says it has made significant progress in getting disadvantaged students into university.
Maintenance grants used to be given to students in England and Wales from lower income backgrounds – families with annual incomes of £25,000 or less got the full grant of £3,387 a year.
In 2015, the then-Chancellor George Osborne announced they would be scrapped from September 2016.
He said the grants had become “unaffordable” and there was a “basic unfairness in asking taxpayers to fund grants for people who are likely to earn a lot more than them”.
But critics said many low and middle income students could be put off university by the measure. Read more