Student nurse debt rises 26 per cent

The proportion of student nurses with debts of more than £20,000 has almost doubled in the past year, a survey by Unison has revealed.

The survey of 650 student nurses also found that, for the first time, some students reported debts of more than £25,000. Five per cent of students had debts between £20,000 and £25,000, while 4 per cent owed more than £25,000.

The average level of debt has also risen sharply, increasing 26 per cent over the past year to £7,012.

Unison head of nursing Gail Adams said: ‘No wonder more than half of the students say they have considered leaving their course because of financial difficulties.’

The survey also found that 71 per cent of students work part-time in addition to the 37.5-hour week their course entails.

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