“I would like to continue studying but there are a number of financial barriers and restrictions that make it difficult for me to progress”. Learner
Some learners told us that that financial problems made it difficult for them to remain at college, including difficulties securing funding for learning or day-to-day needs, additional costs associated with their impairment or illness, and welfare benefits being reduced or removed.
Many highlighted the additional stress many disabled learners experience due to having their benefits subject to review at any time. Others had to take time off their studies due to illness and therefore experienced additional difficulties relating to additional costs and arranging new financial support packages.
Learners told us that difficulties with general living costs had a significant impact on their college experience. One learner pointed that while many learners experience financial difficulties, disabled learners often don’t have the luxury of being able to work while they were studying to top up their income. Others experienced problems with the additional costs of course materials and equipment on certain courses.