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Student Loan Company halts or cuts funding for 800 in England and Wales after overpayments

Hundreds of student nurses whose loans and grants have been cut off or reduced because of administrative errors are facing financial hardship and in some cases may not be able to continue their studies, nurses leaders have warned.

More than 800 people at 20 universities have been told they had been paid too much by the Student Loans Company (SLC) and informed subsequent payments would be reduced or halted to recover the overpayments, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said.

Professional bodies and trade unions, including Unison, the RCN and the National Union of Students (NUS) are calling on Damian Hinds, the education secretary, to urgently intervene to ensure those affected will receive the financial support they have budgeted for next term.

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The Guardian

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