Stu­dent caught in £29k debt loop­hole

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - YOURVOICE -

A DUNDEE stu­dent be­lieves she has been wrong­fully left with al­most £30,000 of debt af­ter be­ing caught up in an ad­min­is­tra­tive loop­hole.

Kiera Mar­shall was told by the Stu­dent Awards Agency for Scot­land (Saas) she would need to ap­ply to Stu­dent Fi­nance Eng­land (SFE) for fund­ing and has had to bor­row £9,000 for three years of her art and phi­los­o­phy course at Dundee Univer­sity — a to­tal of £27,000.

The 22-year-old cur­rently lives in West­port and spent most of her child­hood in Scot­land. Her fam­ily trav­elled dur­ing her up­bring­ing as her fa­ther was in the armed forces. She fin­ished her school ex­ams in Eng­land as well as a col­lege course, which in turn led to Saas re­fus­ing to pay her tu­ition fees as she did not live in Scot­land for the three years that pre­ceded the start of the Dundee Univer­sity course.

Now, how­ever, the fund­ing body has agreed in a let­ter that they “would po­ten­tially have been able to of­fer sup­port” but as SFE had al­ready be­gun sup­port there was noth­ing they could do.

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