The Economy Minister has today announced that the NI Executive have accepted a bid for £1.7 million to alleviate digital hardship for further education students, and £10.4 million for student hardship funds.
The news follows the announcement of a £50 million student hardship package for English students from Westminster on 1 February.
NUS-USI President Ellen Fearon said, “This is welcome news after an extremely difficult year for students. Students have struggled throughout the pandemic facing financial stress, isolation, academic pressures, housing problems and digital inequality. It is important that this additional funding puts money back into students’ pockets.
“This investment will go to help the students who most need support, but it’s important to recognise that almost all students have faced an extremely challenging year. With over 200,000 students across further and higher education we need to keep working to ensure all students are supported.
“Removing the barriers to students accessing hardship funds is now crucial so that students can access this funding as fast as possible.”
The Economy Minister has indicated that an additional financial package for students will be announced later in the week.