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Stirling Politicians Welcome Extra Funding for Students

Stirling MP and MSP welcome new Government funding for students facing financial difficulty

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Bruce Crawford MSP and Alyn Smith MP have welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of extra financial help for students facing financial hardship over the summer months.

The government has brought forward early access to £11.4 million of discretionary funds to support higher education students.

The funds will be administered through colleges and universities.

Students, due to UK Government rules, are unable to claim Universal Credit or any other form of benefits.

Crawford already welcomed the additional funding the Scottish Government provided for students at the beginning of the pandemic.

Scottish students studying in Europe as part of the EU Portability or historically arranged schemes will also be able to access a £100,000 emergency fund administered by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

Bruce Crawford MSP said: “This Scottish Government support will be welcome news for those students who rely on part-time jobs over the summer… who could find it difficult to cover their living costs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Alyn Smith MP said: “No student should face financial hardship as a result of this crisis- and these new measures will support students until the start of the next academic year when bursary, grant and loan payments will begin again.”

If you feel like you are experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms, please follow the advice from the National Health Service – found here and NHS Inform. Save Lives, Stay at Home

Feature Image Credit: Alyn Smith MP website

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