NUS is extremely concerned to hear reports of international students left without any financial support as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, and who, through no fault of their own, may now have to leave their home, their course or even the country as a result.
Everything possible must be done to provide assistance to students facing such a desperate situation in unprecedented circumstances and we call on all universities and colleges to show maximum understanding if students owe fees, and to support them to remain in safe and secure accommodation in the UK until their finances improve.
NUS has been campaigning for the UK Government to provide a Student Safety Net that includes additional hardship funding available to home and international students and reimbursement of tuition fees for 2019/20. This situation underlines why this package of measures is so urgently required. It underlines, too, the impact of the Hostile Environment and demonstrates once again why this cruel approach must be scrapped and replaced with a humane migration system. Students have been ignored in the Coronavirus response, and the Government must take immediate action.