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Stop penalising the sons and daughters of expats

Comment 28th July 2010

Retire the following regulation sections;

The Education (Student Support) (No.2) Regulations 2008 No. 1582 Part 2 6(b), 7(c), 8(d)

These sections deal with the case where the off-spring of expats who have been attending international schools and living with their parents (rather than staying at boarding school in the UK) are being refused student loans to help finance their university tuition and accomodation. The key question is whether the student has lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course. The answer to this is taken, arbitrarily, to also answer "are you ordinarily resident in the UK" a much more complicated question, and one that will be answered no by answering no to the three year question, which is not the case.

Why does this matter?

It is unjust, unclear and being arbitrarily applied. Students who fall foul of the regulation can appeal three times (to the same body in each case – a single judge, jury and goaler) but this may take up most of the university year, diverting attention and causing non-academic and profitless stress.

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