Student caught in £29k debt loophole
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.