Student loans: A brave stand

A brave stand by one university student has led to a change in Student Loans Company rules, with implications for many prospective students. Kevin Courtney explains

In a little reported development, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills recently gave ground over the ludicrous block on student loans for those with “discretionary” or “limited” leave to remain in the UK. An unjust financial hurdle has at last been removed – thanks to the determination of one student.

Beaurish Tigere decided to appeal against her student loan request being refused. Beaurish has lived in England legally for 20 years, having arrived from Zambia with her family at the age of six. A head girl at her school in York, Beaurish achieved four good

A level passes. Nonetheless she was refused a loan for a business management course solely because she was classified as an overseas student.

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