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Bank of Mum and Dad: Are poorer parents more generous?

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When it comes to topping up university maintenance loans, poorer parents may be more generous than wealthier ones.

According to the National Student Money Survey, less well-off families contribute more than expected, while richer ones give less.

Households with incomes of less than £25,000 are not expected to make extra payments to support their children.

But the research found such families paid an average of £54 a month, making them relatively the most generous.

By contrast households earning £60,000 a year paid £160 a month less than expected by the government, making them the least generous.

The survey, conducted by the money advice site Save the Student, found that the average student gets £138.50 from the Bank of Mum and Dad each month.

The survey also revealed that male students appear to receive more than female students.

While males received an average contribution of £161 a month, female students received £135.

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