This is from the FT, pointing out that the means testing of parental contribution to students maintenance, has some perverse side effects.
The UK’s hidden one-child-per-family university policy. Supporting two children studying at university could cost much more than you think.
And even when parents do cough up the parental contribution, that doesn’t mean the full maintenance loan amount is enough. For a good chunk, it doesn’t cover basic costs. Students on courses with long hours who can’t secure a part-time job are in trouble, but most won’t hear about this until they get to university as the debate is so skewed towards focusing on the ‘debt’.
I am still shocked at how many of our medical students work part time. That may say as much as about me, as them.