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Wolverhampton students to benefit from new £250 travel fund

By Jessica Labhart | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

Students at the University of Wolverhampton are set to benefit from a £250 travel fund each to help cover the costs of travelling whilst studying.

The University of Wolverhampton

New undergraduate students at the university are eligible for the funding.

The fund follows the Government's withdrawal of access to Maintenance Grants for some students, replacing these with loans.

A spokesman for the university said: "In 2017/18 we will be giving eligible new students a £250 travel fund free of charge to be used on public transport, which will help with the costs of travelling to and from the University and to work placements.

"Students tell us that travel is an essential expenditure and so with this financial support we hope to help them get the most out of their studies.

"We are working with our travel partners across the region to make this as accessible as possible and we are aiming to cover bus travel and the Metro Tram within the West Midlands region."

The university is also offering alternatives for students that might need help in other ways.

In a statement, the university said: "Because we also recognise that some students might need help in other ways, at least one alternative option will be made available to all eligible students.

"For example, students may also be able to trade-in their travel pass for an equivalent value discount off their accommodation fees."

Students do not need to apply for this travel fund - during enrolment all eligible students will be given their travel fund.

For more information, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/new-students/travel-fund.

Jessica Labhart

By Jessica Labhart
@JLabhart_star

Reporter for the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton.

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