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Sunderland University Offers Financial Support to Poorest Students

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The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) has revealed that the University of Sunderland will spend more money on helping poorer scholars than any other university in the North East.

The University of Sunderland will be joining other institutions in increasing its tuition fees from the current £9,000 limit, however the OFFA has revealed that 33% of higher fee income will be spent solely on financial support for students in 2017.

Newcastle and Durham's universities are just behind with 32% and 31% respectively, despite both having more funding available.

Meanwhile Northumbria and Teesside are only spending 19% and 15%.

The OFFA, which is an independent public body regulating fair access to higher education in England, has ensured Sunderland will invest enough money to help disadvantaged students through financial support, targeting low participation areas, and working with sixth forms and colleges.

Included within the financial support for students attending the university in 2017/18 will be first year travel and accommodation bursaries worth £600, and scholarships for good grades.

Lina Dobreva, vice president of education at the University of Sunderland Students' Union said: "Students at Sunderland have a really broad range of backgrounds and we appreciate all of the maintained financial support, which the university has pledged to make sure that life changing higher education remains accessible to the widest number of people".