Shona Robison MSP for Dundee City East has welcomed the Scottish Government's announcement of extra financial help for students facing financial hardship over the summer months.
The Scottish Government has brought forward early access to £11.4 million of discretionary funds - which will be administered by colleges and universities - to support higher education students
Students are, due to UK government rules, unable to claim Universal Credit or other benefits.
Scottish students studying in Europe as part of EU Portability or historically arranged schemes will also be able to access a £100,000 emergency fund administered b the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).
Ms Robison said:
“Many students in the Dundee area will have expected to find paid work over the summer to cover their rent or save for the following term – but are now, through no fault of their own, unable to do so.
"This Scottish Government support will be welcome news for those students who rely on part-time jobs over the summer months, who could find it difficult to cover their living costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"No student should face financial hardship as a result of this crisis - and these new measures will support students until the start of the next academic year when bursary, grant and loan payments will begin again."
In early April, the Scottish Government announced an emergency package of support for students facing hardship, applying dedicated COVID-19 Discretionary Funds. An additional £2.2 million was provided for HE students at college and university, on top of a supplementary redistributed £569,000 Discretionary Fund. The Scottish Funding Council also brought forward £2 million to support FE students at college. Additional measures provided early access to the HE Care-experienced Accommodation Grant, support for HE students studying at Private Providers, and a suspension of any new debt recovery by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).
Latest information and advice for students on COVID-19, including support for employment, is available at www.studentinformation.gov.scot
For further information please visit: www.studentinformation.gov.scot