People have long debated whether all students should be given the same student loan, and whether the current student finance system is fair. In the past few weeks the debate has boiled over onto social media as students across the UK have chipped in with their views on loans, whether students should be assessed based on their parent’s earnings and privilege.
It all kicked off with the tweet below:
So unfair how student loans are calculated mostly due to parents incomes. At the age of 18, an adult, surely we should be treat as equal and not what our parents have or don't have in the bank. Literally the most stupid and unjust system
— jem (@jemima_beamish) December 11, 2017
Which got a lot of attention and led to these replies which gave both opposing and supporting opinions:
Difference is those with wealthy parents could easily loan money off their parents, whereas those on the breadline cannot.
— 見る (@danielxwiles) December 12, 2017
Money-wise, we aren't all equal adults… You should try and see it from the perspective of a student who comes from poverty. We are given equal opportunity, that is the fact anyone can go and study, that's the whole point of the loans
— 見る (@danielxwiles) December 13, 2017
It's pretty simple. You are in a privileged position, being born in a wealthy family, I am not. Therefore, we aren't equal. Student finance loans me more money so I can afford to fund for things myself that your parents can easily fund for you. It's not that hard to understand.
— – (@DaveFromDesh) December 16, 2017
Your ideal system would look like the left picture,the word equal doesn't account for fairness pic.twitter.com/JiArJmOqRK
— Codie (@Codiehigney1) December 13, 2017
my dad works full time & my mum is a full time carer for my little brother with severe Autism. I also have a little sister with Aspergers & two other little brothers. I get next to nothing for my Student Finance – your parents don’t have to earn a lot for you to get little https://t.co/Wl3qW1q5Zc
— lucy (@lossayyy) December 16, 2017
This guy was having absolutely none of it, and it seemed plenty of people agreed with him as he raked in the likes and retweets:
oh diddums why must mummy n daddy be so rich!!!! 😭😭😭😭 why can’t a have ALL the poor people money?!?!! filthy peasants this system is unfair!!!! we tory scum demand mare money for the well off!!!!! how ever will a pay for ma 13 horses n 6 annual ski trips??? https://t.co/sFWflLouxD
— Butsay (@Butsay_) December 15, 2017
But there were people who didn’t agree with him, too:
that’s literally not how it works. i have the lowest amount of student finance from my parents earnings, but that doesn’t mean that they’re in a financial place to be able to help me out? living off of under £4000 a year to pay rent, bills, social life etc, is not fun
— leah (@HANGlNG0N) December 16, 2017
This makes me absolutely FUUUUUUMMEEEE. Come back when your loan won’t even cover your accomodation 👋 https://t.co/tfuCL1NACJ
— Han (@hanamyrussell) December 21, 2017
Harriet has had enough of everyone’s shit:
So if your parents buy you a car then wow how fkin embarrassing scrounging off Mummy n Daddy!!! But if you wanna go to university don’t expect the maximum loan cos your parents should just give you money!!!! Hahahaha you all talk shit shut up
— Harriet Wright (@harriet_wrightx) December 17, 2017
Stan made a very good point which is perhaps overlooked. Those who do get the largest loans do actually have to pay it back, and leave university with a substantially larger debt than those who get the smaller loan.
#AskJoJohnson @CommonsTreasury debt of person with smallest maintenance loan graduating with top degree =~£37000
debt of person with same degree with poorer parents = ~ £51000
Why do you think it's fair that poor people's education costs more?
— stan (@spoop_stan) December 18, 2017
It’s a really hot topic at the moment, so we’d love to hear your thoughts. Let us know if there are any tweets you particularly agree or disagree with in the comments, and why!