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The form barrier

Here’s the student finance (maintenance loan and grant, and tuition fee loan) application form for 2013:

http://www.sfengland.slc.co.uk/media/559131/sfe_pn1_1314_d.pdf

It’s 34 pages long, with a 10 page section for parents to fill in all their income details…. e.g.

form

This would be OK for parents used to filling in tax returns etc – but what about those from lower socio-economic groups who are less likely to have to deal with such matters? Does it mean those from poorer backgrounds are put off applying?

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