Student loans ‘increasing the divide between rich and poor’

University education in England is entrenching inequality, according to an academic study examining how the provision of limited loans exacerbates the difference in life chances of those with and without family wealth. The current system is predicated on students being able to supplement their income from family wealth and leaves those from less advantaged backgrounds to struggle, it is claimed. A mismatch has grown, the study says, between the anticipated benefits of a university education and the reality of poor living conditions while a student and the job opportunities on leaving. Read More