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Chris Vallance | 00:39 UK time, Thursday, 8 November 2007

Tom the ambulance driver behind Random Acts of Reality linked to a bit of blog begging by a desperately cash-strapped medical student who had run out of funds to pay for her course (she's now OK it seems thanks to the generosity of her readers)

I'm not sure the exact reasons she ran out of money, though it looked like one of those cases where she didn't really fit the system vis:

The reasons are many, and often include my graduate status, the fact that I'm classed as dependent on my parents (but aren't), and the fact that the student loan company have pulled some of my funding from the last academic year.

This did remind me of a good friends situation many years ago. Her parents didn't like the idea of her going to university and refused to fill in their part of the grant form, so she received no grant. She was forced her to work all the way through college and, I believe, missed out on a 1st class degree as a result. I'm wondering, as I write this, if any students reading this blog have found themselves without money simply because their personal circumstances don't quite fit the rules imposed by the bean-counters? Drop a note in comments

Oh and get well soon Tom!


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