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NATIONAL DEMO: Free Education & Living Grants For All: No Barriers // No Borders // No Business! March with us on November 4th! Free Education and Living Grants for all! March with us on November 4th: Free education and living grants for all. Student loans in the United Kingdom - maintenance grant. Student loans and grants in the United Kingdom are primarily provided by the government through the Student Loans Company (SLC), a non-departmental public body. The SLC is responsible for Student Finance England and is a delivery partner of Student Finance Wales and Student Finance NI. The Student Awards Agency for Scotland assesses applications in Scotland. Most undergraduate university students resident in the United Kingdom are eligible for student loans. In addition, some students on teacher training courses may also apply for loans. From 2016, postgraduate university students aged under 30 who study a Taught Masters course will, for the first time, also be eligible for student loans.

History[edit] Education Act 1962[edit] In the years following World War II, most local education authorities (LEAs) paid students' tuition fees and also provided a maintenance grant to help with living costs; this did not have to be repaid. Creation of the Student Loans Company[edit] Recent history[edit] WHY YOU SHOULD MARCH ON NOV 4th | A UCL Defend education explainer. Ashes to ashes, grants to loans: how scrapping maintenance grants will affect students. “Many Students are going to be priced out of education if this grant is cut, many students will not be able to go, or be faced with enormous debt and will feel frightened of the huge lifetime loans.”38 Degrees Petition It’s A-Level results day, and all over the country licentious education editors are finding pictures of teenage girls jumping for joy to stick on their front page. However, not all students are flashing toothy grins at the cameraman. Next year’s school-leavers will find no waiting maintenance grants.

Instead, they’ll find beefed up loans. Looking at English students living away from home and outside of London, while next year’s students will have up to £550 more cash in their pockets in each year of study, they’ll also graduate to find up to £12,500 more debt on their Student Finance statements. But because the government writes off student loan debts 30 years after graduation, most will end up paying no more because of the changes. How student finance works now.

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Students march for free education: where do you stand? #GrantsNotDebt. Thousands of students will march through London on Wednesday to call for free education and voice their anger over the scrapping of maintenance grants for students on low incomes. The demonstration was organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, originally to protest the axing of maintenance grants, but it has since broadened to include several other causes. The group says students are being “attacked from all sides” by the government because of cuts, high tuition fees, and visa restrictions for international students. There will be a Students not Suspects group protesting against the Prevent campaign on campuses. Other demands from demonstrators include affordable housing and a reversal of the decision to cut the Disabled Students Allowance. The organisers of the march say there has been a surge in student interest in politics following the election result in May, with more students attending activist meetings.

But not all students are supporting the action. UNITE - the UK's biggest union - is backing #Nov4 and joining us to call for #GrantsnotDebt! Jeremy Corbyn’s statement of support to the #GrantsNotDebt demo. In advance of the national demonstration today, we have received this statement from Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Party. It will be read out at the rally at the beginning of the demonstration.

For press inquiries ring: 07850652962, 07901844980, 07749263622, 07415302136 Congratulations on your demonstration today. I opposed the imposition of fees, and each increase, and I opposed the removal of maintenance grants – as did many others – and now we have an opportunity to change course, and to change Labour into a force that represents students’ desire for free and accessible education. Switching back to a loan in place of a maintenance grant will push the poorest students into higher levels of debt. We must also look again at restoring EMA and increasing college places, so all young people have the opportunity to go to further education and, if they wish, on to higher education too.

We all benefit from education, collectively as a society, not just as individuals. John McDonnell to march with students in next week's national demo | London Student. The shadow chancellor John McDonnell has confirmed he will be speaking at a national student-led rally next week calling for the abolition of tuition fees. Thousands are expected to march through central London on Wednesday 4 November, past key locations including the Palace of Westminster, 10 Downing Street and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) said: “We are delighted to announce that John McDonnell – the Shadow Chancellor – has confirmed he’ll be joining us.

“John has been a longstanding ally of the student movement, and we are proud to have him with us.” The shadow chancellor’s endorsement follows news that Jeremy Corbyn gave NCAFC activists his full support only last week and congratulated them for organising the march. Key Labour party figures have previously distanced themselves from such events, as well as the policy positions of the left-wing groups involved, in recent history. The Many Meaning of ‘Free': Blocs on Nov 4. The upcoming national demonstration will not only be a show of strength of students and our political organisation – it will also show how we are more than a single issue movement. We have said for a long time that Free Education does not just mean the abolition of tuition fees.

We have in mind a genuinely free and liberated education system, which functions for the common good within a radically different society. This is why its so great to be able to point to the many different aspects of ‘free’ that will be represented on November 4th. Students not Suspects Education should be free from racist counter-terrorism policing and state spying on minority students. Thats why the Students not Suspects bloc will be opposing the Prevent programme No Borders Freedom of movement is central to free education. Free Palestine Disabled students SOAS justice for cleaners Fossil Free Housing There is no point in abolishing tuition fees if a lack of affordable housing pushes students into poverty.

Arts Labour. Fight for #GrantsnotDebt! On November 4th, thousands of students and supporters will be marching in London under the slogan: FREE EDUCATION - NO BARRIERS, NO BORDERS, NO BUSINESS Under government proposals, maintenance grants will be abolished, leaving the poorest students in more and more debt. This comes on top of years of fee increases, and concerted attempt by this government and the previous coalition to turn higher education into a market system - run like a business, with more and more provision privatised and outsourced. This is a vision which is undermining staff conditions and impoverishing students with sky-high fees and accommodation costs. On the day, we will also be marching for the rights of migrants and international students - who face an increasing and constant surveillance and intimidation, as well as financial exploitation.

The education we're fighting for is one which is free, funded by taxing the rich and big business, and democratically run by students and staff. Students protest over plans to increase their debts. At the time of the Budget the Chancellor defended the policy, saying the grants there was "a basic unfairness in asking taxpayers to fund grants for people who are likely to earn a lot more than them". Mr Osborne said he had removed the "artificial cap on student numbers" going to university, but that this could only be done by tackling the "unaffordable" cost of maintenance grants, which was set to double to £3bn over the current decade.

According to an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the change means "students from poorest backgrounds are likely to graduate with the most debt". Currently 41 per cent of students are eligible for a full maintenance grant of £3,387, because they come from families with a household income of £25,000 or less a year, according to the IFS, quoting figures from the Student Loans Company. A further 14 per cent of students are eligible for a partial grant.

4 Ideas for the Comprehensive University. On 4 November thousands of students will march in support of free education at a national demonstration called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC). Jeremy Corbyn has endorsed the event, having made free education one of his flagship policies during the Labour leadership campaign. With the government planning to scrap maintenance grants even for the poorest students, we need to build a united resistance to the agenda of fees and cuts.

But resistance is never enough. We also need a better idea of what we’re fighting for. Properly free education can’t take place within the structure of existing institutions. Even in the era of full grants, the university has always been a means of reproducing class domination. An alternative is necessary in which the university fulfils its promise to be truly universal, open, public, and free. 1. 2. Instead, universities should have no borders. 3.

Scrapping fees is just the start. 4. Fresh Labour divide over tomorrow's national student rally | London Student. The Labour Party has refused to endorse an upcoming national student-led demonstration, despite its two most senior figures giving organisers their full support. Jeremy Corbyn, the party leader, and John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, have both in the last fortnight endorsed a demonstration calling for the abolition of tuition fees and the restoration of maintenance grants. Thousands of students, activists and members of the public are expected to march through London on Wednesday 4 November past key sites including Millbank, the Home Office, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). When asked by London Student to clarify its position, a Labour spokesperson refused to confirm or deny whether the party supported tomorrow’s rally. When pressed, they reiterated it is not an issue the party would be able to comment on “in time” as it was not a priority.

The spokesperson added: “a request was made on your behalf but we can’t get anything to you for your deadline.” Grants not debt: are you taking part in the student protest in London? Thousands of young people are set to take to the streets of London on Wednesday to protest against cuts to free education. Will you be taking part? Following a short rally outside what was the University of London Union, which will feature a speech from Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, the march will take in Parliament Square, Milibank - occupied by student protesters five years ago - and end in front of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the department responsible for universities. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has backed the demonstration, which hopes to highlight “the fight for free education,” as well as demanding “an end to the scapegoating and deportation of international students.” Deborah Hermanns, from march organisers the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, reports an upsurge in interest in student activism since Jeremy Corbyn became leader.

“The political climate is different now. We want to hear from students taking part in Wednesday’s protest. Huge turnout for the demonstration. loving the support! #GrantsNotDebt. NUS fights back against government's 'chilling' counter-radicalisation strategy. The National Union of Students is calling for a boycott of the government’s counter-radicalisation strategy to monitor students and has launched a national tour in five cities to oppose it. The Students not Suspects tour – which will take in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Swansea – is backed by the University and College Union (UCU), the largest trade union for lecturers and academics in further and higher education. The UCU has expressed concern over what it described as the “chilling effect” that Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 has had on academic freedom and debate, as well as its “vague and not achievable” legal duty on institutions and staff.

It has issued guidance to members, saying it will support boycotts of the legislation. The guidance says student unions are expected to work closely with their institutions, cooperate with their policies and consider Prevent awareness training. #GrantsNotDebt: Students march on parliament for free education. Thousands of students are marching through central London on Wednesday afternoon to demand free education and protest against further planned hikes in tuition fees and savage cuts to maintenance grants. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, a vocal supporter of free higher education, kicked off the demonstration with a short speech at 13:00 GMT outside the University of London Student Union on Malet Street.

From there, thousands of young people will march past parliament before ending the protest in front of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – the government agency responsible for universities. The protest is organized by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC), a group which calls for “free, democratic education and universal grants, funded by the taxation of the rich and business.” Student demands Students demanding free education are buoyed by successes in Germany and South Africa, where campaigners have won similar demands in recent months. ‘A lifetime of debt’ National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts student protest gathers pace in Central London | News | Student | The Independent. Thousands of students have began taking to the streets of London today in protest against the Government’s plans to axe maintenance grants from next year amid rising tuition fees across England and Wales.

Trending on Twitter - under the hashtag #GrantsNotDebt - the protest has been organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) and has set off from Malet Street, the former University of London Union. Demonstrators will pass by key points across the capital including Parliament Square, the Home Office, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Marching under the banner ‘FREE EDUCATION - NO BARRIERS, NO BORDERS, NO BUSINESS’, the NCAFC said the Government’s plans will leave the poorest students in ‘more and more debt’ after years of fee increases, calling the Conservatives’ move a ‘concerted attempt to turn higher education into a market system, run like a business, with more and more provision privatised and outsourced’. PICTURES: Police kettle student protest as thousands march through London - Education. (Dominic Lipinski /PA Wire) Police kettled protesters as violence erupted in pockets of today’s student march in central London. Thousands of angry and frustrated students are calling for an end of fees, the return of maintenance grants and an end to student debt. They were joined by members of the a black bloc - a group of marchers who wear black and conceal their faces to protect their identity. Police claim a missile was thrown shortly before the kettle began at around 3.25pm.

The march is challenging plans to scrap maintenance grants and replace them with loans, which critics warn will plunge the poorest students into thousands of pounds of extra debt. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn warned this would “push the poorest students into higher levels of debt”. A spokesman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said: “This Government is committed to ensuring everyone with the potential to benefit from higher education has the opportunity to do so, regardless of their background. Students Demonstrate In Favour Of Free Education | Getty Images. Student Protests Erupt Into Violence In London. London student protest: Violence breaks out between police and demonstrators | London | News.

Why we need free education now. Theconversation. #GrantsNotDebt: Chaotic scenes as student protests turn violent. Police arrest protesters at march against scrapping of student grants - live. Why wear a mask? | Anarchist Action Network. Student grants protest live: Updates as violence erupts at demonstration against cuts to university support. National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts blames ‘heavy handed policing’ after student demonstration in Central London turns violent | News | Student | The Independent. Students and police battle during protest against higher education cuts – video. Students protest at Home Office and Dept of BIS in London. Grants Not Debts: Student Protests In London | News. Political Lens: Grants Not Debt. Grants not debt: readers' photographs from the student protest in London | Community. #grantsnotdebt.

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