By Daniel Hunter
Universities Minister David Willetts has announced a fund to help students affected by the UKBA decision to revoke London Metropolitan University’s licence to sponsor international students.
The fund will help legitimate students to meet additional costs they may incur by moving to another institution to finish their studies. These include: covering the cost of any fee for a repeat visa application and discretionary payments to cover, for example, lost deposits on accommodation due to having to move somewhere else to study.
The fund is worth up to £2million. It responds to concerns raised by the task force set up by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to support London Met in helping genuine students to find another institution at which they can continue their studies in the UK.
Universities Minister David Willetts said:
“It is important that genuine students who are affected through no fault of their own are given as much help as possible to continue their studies in the UK.
“This fund will help offset the extra costs students face in transferring to another institution and also help to put students’ minds at ease at what must be a very stressful and unsettling time."
The Minister announced the fund speaking at the annual Universities UK conference at Keele Univeristy.
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