Cost of Living: Students are skipping meals, taking lectures remotely and taking on new debt |  British news

Cost of Living: Students are skipping meals, taking lectures remotely and taking on new debt | British news

Students in England are skipping meals, attending lectures remotely and taking on more debt to cope with the rising cost of living, new data shows.

The Office for National Statistics found that the percentage of students in English universities affected by the crisis is similar to that of other adults across Britain as a whole, with more than nine in 10 reporting that their spending has increased.

Half of the students say they have financial problems and 15% say they have major money problems.

More than three-quarters of students (77%) said they were concerned that the rising cost of living could affect their academic performance.

Read more: What support is there for students?

They reported skipping meals, not attending course-related events, and attending lectures remotely to try to save money.

About 25% of students also said they borrowed more money or used more credit than usual.

Of those who took on more debt, two-thirds (66%) said they did so because their student loan was not enough to support them.

Nearly half (45%) said their mental health and well-being had deteriorated since the start of the fall period.

Students were also asked if they could ask a family member for money. Nearly half (48%) said they could, but the same percentage (48%) said they couldn’t for some reason.

But the ONS also found that the majority of students had not applied for financial aid from their university. Only 16% applied for scholarships and 7% to their university’s higher education fund.

Students can apply for educational trusts and charities for smaller amounts – and organizations such as Turn2Us, Family Action and Funds online have searchable online grant databases.

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Data may not tell the full story

Today’s statistics are experimental – meaning they may not tell the full story.

The survey was the first official survey of its kind and based on the opinions of just over 4,000 students.

A third (34%) of students said they were now less likely to continue education after completing their degree.

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How concerned are students?

One in five (19%) had considered pausing their course and resuming it next year, and the same number (19%) said they were considering switching from classroom to distance learning to save on transport costs.

However, the proportion of students who actively intended to take these actions was significantly lower. Only 1% of students planned to interrupt their course and resume next year, while 2% planned to move from classroom learning to remote learning. Only 6% planned to move back to their parents’ home and commute to college from there.

Only 2% of students said it was unlikely or very unlikely that they would continue their course.

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