Hard­ship claims rise as credit crunch bites

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

THE NUM­BER of stu­dents ap­ply­ing for UJS Hil­lel’s schol­ar­ship fund has in­creased by 30 per cent in the past year.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Mar­cus re­vealed par­ents and stu­dents are ap­ply­ing for the grants at record rates as they strug­gle to meet the soar­ing costs of go­ing to uni­ver­sity.

The ef­fect of the re­ces­sion, cou­pled with the fi­asco over de­layed stu­dent loan cheques, has left some Jewish stu­dents fight­ing to fund their stud­ies, ac­com­mo­da­tion and liv­ing costs.

Mr Mar­cus said: “We have helped stu­dents who would oth­er­wise have had to give up their uni­ver­sity ca­reer. The need is so dire.”

Al­though he could not re­veal the num­ber of peo­ple who had ap­plied for as­sis­tance ahead of the new aca­demic year, the fig­ure is thought to be be­tween 50 and 100 – far higher than in pre­vi­ous years. He added: “In cases where the stu­dent is liv­ing in Hil­lel we have worked with the lo­cal com­mit­tee mem­bers to bring about a very mean­ing­ful re­duc­tion in price.

“But it is also fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for liv­ing, not just for a stu­dent’s room fees. They may need the money for food.

“As peo­ple’s fi­nan­cial prob­lems in­crease, Hil­lel is not just keep­ing the sta­tus quo, we are looking to in­crease the fund­ing avail­able. Dur­ing this cri­sis Hil­lel has taken on even more rel­e­vance.”

Union of Jewish Stu­dents chair­man Adam Pike said: “Peo­ple are def­i­nitely strug­gling. Politi­cians are talk­ing about rais­ing tu­ition fees be­cause of the econ­omy and it’s some­thing the en­tire stu­dent com­mu­nity is very wor­ried about.”

Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @mar­cusDysch_JC

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.