When I say life without tuition fees, I do not mean its complete abolishment although that would be marvellous. What I mean is without having to worry about paying then immediately as I study at University. There are some students out there who are in my position due to the interest based students loans which are impermissible for Muslim students to take out.
Many are left stranded by the government and the Muslim community who really could be doing much more to help.
It seems to be an issue no one is willing to tackle but let me tell you what a difference help would make. Recently, the government have proposed a new system which would be suitable for Muslim but I have not allowed myself to dwell much on the matter simply because it is what it is, a proposal and whilst it certainly is possible for it to come into effect by next year, I am not about to get my hopes up only for them to shatter to the ground.
So how would life be without having to worry about paying £9,000 each year?
For starters, I would be able to enioy life a lot more. They say student life is meant to be a tremendous time but with the worry of money weighing you down, it certainly isn’t.
Not having to worry about finance would allow me to cut down on the hours I work in order to concentrate on my studies as well as other interests. Writing a book is quite a difficult thing to do at the best of times but when you have to worry about money, it becomes impossible.
Becoming free of the worry of tuition fees would be a huge burden off my head. I find myself thinking about paying for fees at the most random times, doing calculations in my head to see if I will be able to survive university. I fear this worry will not allow me to enjoy life for the next three years. It is a burden that a working adult would find difficult to bear and yet I must deal with it at eighteen, without help or aid.
Furthermore, I would be able to save the money I earn for the future as well as to help my family. So that is how life without tuition fees would be but currently it is a far-fetched dream as nothing is being done to help Muslim students.
When will help be given? And by whom?
(And to the ‘professional claims’ company that just called me up, no this is not an invitation for you to try again.)