A single mother from the Nicosia district is anxious to sell her house so that her 18-year-old daughter can go to the UK in September to study after she was accepted to study law at the University of Leeds.
Anna, who wished not to disclose her last name, lives with her 18-year-old daughter in their Kokkinotrimithia house, which she bought in 2011 and for which she is still paying mortgage.
After her daughter was accepted to study law at the University of Leeds, she approached two banks to ask for a student loan, but she was turned down as she already has two other loans. Having no extra money to even pay for her daughter’s plane tickets to the UK, she decided to put her house up for sale.
In her online advertisement, she said that she is selling her house so that her daughter could study.
“There was no other way. I do have a job but with the money I pay on my loans I am left with less than €300 each month for me and my daughter,” Anna told the Cyprus Mail.
She added that her ex-husband has not shown any interest in assisting with their daughter’s expenses.
Her daughter, Anna said, who is a very good student, had looked into studying in local universities but the fees are too high. As an EU student studying at an English university Anna’s daughter qualifies for a loan from the British government for the nine thousand pound a year fees but is ineligible for a loan for living expenses.
The money her daughter needs, she said, is for rent, as she aims to find a job and study at the same time, so that she can cover her other living expenses.
One woman, who wished to remain unnamed, saw Anna’s advertisement online and contacted the Cyprus Mail to say she would personally try to buy Anna’s daughter’s tickets to Leeds.