Meg Bishop is currently studying for a degree in Human Geography at Edinburgh University, a one year course costing £7000.
The 24-year-old full time student took out a £10,000 loan which is used to pay tuition fees and cover the student’s living expenses through the 12-month course. With only £3000 a year to live on Miss Bishop from Hampshire took on part time work and managed to pay back £6000 of her fees. But last month she found herself £1000 short due to lack of work during the pandemic combined with increased heating bills. Devastated by the prospect of dropping out of her course if she did not come up with the cash Miss Bishop set up a Go fund Me page asking for help. Shocked by how quickly donations flooded in, the delighted student was able to repay her final tuition installment and can now finish her degree.
She said: “In a couple of weeks I had raised £1000, a lot of people in the university donated and people I knew through mutual friends also helped out. A lot of people I didn’t know donated which I am really thankful for.” Miss Bishop said her situation is not unusual and she knows other postgraduate students who have had to crowdfund for their tuition fees. She said: “I think it’s a grim reflection of the way the university and higher education looks after their students.”
The university has been contacted for comment.
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