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Students struggle without maintenance

02 Oct 2008

Students struggle without maintenance Students across the UK are failing to get by without support from education maintenance allowances, it has been reported.

According to the BBC, more than 150,000 students are without their allowance, which is aimed at pupils from poorer families to encourage them to stay in school and college.

The news provider reports that despite efforts by Liberata, the out-sourcing firm responsible for the grants, the number of students going without financial support is increasing.

An education maintenance allowance administrator at Xaverian Sixth Form College in central Manchester, Lee Davies, told BBC: "The application process seems to take up to five weeks."

"Worse still, students who make a mistake filling in their form seem to get put right to the back of the queue once they resend a corrected application," he added.

According to the government, whatever a student decides to do, the education maintenance allowance "could help".

The £30 grant is provided to families with household incomes of less than £20,817 per year and those earning more are entitled to claim either £20 or £10 a week through the scheme depending on their circumstances.

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