Let Students Get Their Loans

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Let Students Get Their Loans

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Eve White started this petition to Student Finance England and

This year, I got my college results back after a year of working myself to the bone, the results of which I was extremely pleased. I then got accepted to Sheffield Hallam University in August to study Journalism (which I was, again, elated with). I had already submitted the standard required evidence by SFE, such as my basic information and my parents' income from the previous year. However, because my father is an American citizen and allowed me to live with him from 2017 to 2018, I am not going to be granted my student loan. I was shocked to hear this considering I had lived in the UK for 17 years of my life- I was born and raised here and am now being isolated by my own country for going and experiencing my father's culture. To make matters worse, SFE let my application go untouched for 2 months after sending more evidence they required as they failed to email me asking to send them more evidence. It was only when I called Student Finance on the 17th of August that I was told I needed to provide more evidence. I wondered what more I could do- I had sent birth certificates, school records, flight tickets, passport stamps, medical records and I was still being told no. After trying my best to comply with this, I then received an email on the 28th of August saying that 'To get student finance you need to have been ordinarily a resident in the UK for 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.'

I was devastated to hear this considering that this country is my home and I am a citizen, no matter where I went or for how long I went there. 

This rule MUST change- it is not an uncommon issue and next year, it's about to get worse. It's been confirmed that as of 2021, EU students will no longer be eligible for financial support from SFE. How many young talented people are we going to deny an education? Education is a basic human right that we need to make more accessible and that needs to start now, before we deny any more brilliant minds the right to exercise this privilege. How can we climb the ladder of success if the steps above us are being taken away? And moreover, why should heritage determine our worth as a worker? I strongly believe that we can make change and get the playing field even (as it should be). So please support me and the thousands of students like me in this effort.

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