Coronavirus Northern Ireland: £5.6m available to alleviate student hardship announced

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced an additional £1.4million to alleviate student hardship.

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This brings the total available to £5.6million in the 2020/21 financial year.

 

 

Commenting on the announcement, the Minister said, “Each year my Department makes available support funds to the local Higher Education Institutions for distribution to students who can demonstrate genuine financial hardship.

“This year I have been acutely aware more students will be facing additional financial pressure and challenges as a result of Covid-19.

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“In May of this year, the Executive approved my bid for an additional £1.4million to support students who have been suffering financially due to the impacts of the virus. 

“I am now pleased to be able to announce a further £1.4million to address financial hardship from my Department and as a result of this we are now able to increase the total of the student hardship fund to £5.6million.”

 

 

The Minister added, “I would encourage any students who may be experiencing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19, or for any other reason, to contact their Higher Education Institution to determine if they are eligible to receive support.”

 

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