Student Allowance During Lockdown

Student Allowance During Lockdown

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Shams Albaali started this petition to Studylink and

Some students are not receiving a student allowance because of insufficient credit points and/or part-time study. During the lockdown, however, those students cannot work and so do not have any source of income. How is it fair that students who have bills to pay for rent and healthcare have no allowance from a government that has promised it would offer one? We do however have an additional $1000 dollars of loan living costs, that will only be added to our debt, thus adding to our already existing financial strains.

Students who are not receiving an allowance during lockdown should be compensated. Some of us have elders to take care of, have to take necessary hygienic measures, study online (with full tuition to pay) and we are looking for any kind of work after lockdown because we will be unemployed. And even then, when unemployed and studying, we will still not be eligible for a student allowance, because of our hours or credit points. This is a pandemic, and my hours this semester should not make me any less entitled to receive income. Studying in such high- ranked universities, in one of the best countries to be a student, one would only expect to be supported during those harsh times when we are worried for our families and others.

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