The National Union of Students (NUS) has launched a campaign to kick-start grassroots actions to get more money into students’ pockets by tackling hidden course costs. 20/02/2012
The launch forms part of the NUS’ wider Come Clean campaign to ensure rights and protections for students, and which incorporates a week of action (Monday 12 - Friday 16 March), national student walkout (Wednesday 14 March) and lobby of Parliament (Wednesday 18 April).
The NUS is calling on universities and colleges to commit to full transparency on all course costs prior to application, pressing vice chancellors to urgently commit to absorbing essential costs within tuition fees and to offer means tested support for non-essentials.
‘Whether lab coats, field trips, printing or materials, students across the country are facing significant hidden costs attached to studying. It cannot be fair that academic success is dictated by how much disposable cash you have,’ said Liam Burns, NUS President.
The initiative is being launched as new research undertaken by the NUS on the hidden costs of studying shows almost a third (31%) of students’ unions reported their universities as covering no additional costs for items such as printing, studio fees, field trips, travel to work placements and course books.
‘The effects of mounting hidden costs puts students under additional financial pressure, leading to all sorts of issues - from having to work even more hours, sacrificing study time, spiralling into debt, and in the worst cases dropping out,’ added Liam.
Just 23% of students unions reported that their institution included printing costs in their tuition fee, 26% included travel to study placements and just 17% included CRB checks.
‘We're pressing the Government to come clean and admit that their reforms have delivered nothing extra for students, and with a national walkout, week of action and lobby of Parliament to come, our voices will be heard loud and clear,’ said Liam.
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