Student Funding Advice and Articles

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Top Ten Myths of Student Loans and their Repayments
Whether you're a current university student or you're just about to leave college and are considering higher education, it's likely that you'll be concerned about one thing - the ins and outs of student finance. The world of student loans and repayments is increasingly becoming a difficult one to understand. It wasn't that long ago when university education was free, yet this year saw the introduction of new higher tuition fees wrapped up within a host of wider changes. All this has...read more
University Funding Black Hole and Higher Tuition Fees
So there's been a lot of talk lately about the "Black Hole” in University Funding (which as far as metaphors go, isn't a particularly reassuring one) - but what exactly does it mean? Well, according to a recent report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (or HEPI, to their friends), the introduction of higher tuition fees by the Government could actually end up costing the taxpayer MORE than the old system. The report basically indicates that the total costs of...read more
Widening Participation What is it and What Does it Mean to Me
If you read the papers, watch the news or are wired up to the constant feed of net-news, then you've probably heard the term 'Widening Participation' being chucked about recently. If you haven't - seriously; what are you doing with your life - do you live in a cave? If you are looking to start uni in 2012/13, or maybe you're already working hard towards your degree (read, working hard towards liver failure in the union), Scholarship Search has everything you need to know about 'Widening...read more
Looking for a Scholarship More Finance Options
Ok, so you're in the process of hunting down a scholarship, fee waiver or bursary, great! We hope you get what you need. In brief, a fee waiver means you'll get your fees (or part of them at least) paid by the university - nice! So what's a scholarship? Well, generally speaking, a scholarship means, because of academic excellence, there's a fund available with extra money to support you. Also nice! And a bursary? A bursary is kind of similar to a scholarship but is generally provided to...read more
Widening Participation for Mature students.
In March, when UCAS published the latest figures concerning university applications, it came to light that mature students in England have been massively affected by rising tuition fees. Despite a recent spate of redundancies which would usually be expected to cause a huge increase in applications from mature students, as it did 2009/10, university applications from people aged 25-29 fell by 11.1%, and by 10% for those aged 30-39. The number of applications from those aged 40+ fell by an...read more
2012 Tuition Fees Explained
There's been a lot of upheaval in university tuition fees in the UK in recent years. Back in 1998, tuition fees were introduced to the UK for the first time, with each degree costing £1,000 per year. These days, it will cost you up to £9,000 per year for tuition, depending on where you're from, and the course and university you choose. Why? In a nutshell, it's always cost a lot more than £1,000 per student per year to teach a degree course, but until 2012 the government footed...read more
The difference between maintenance loans and maintenance grants
Student finance has gotten pretty complicated in the past year, but Scholarship Search is here to help you find your way through the financial maze, and to make sure you have all the information on student funding that you could possibly need. If you live in the UK and are going to university in 2012 to study for your first degree full-time, you are eligible for a student maintenance loan to fund your studies, which you have to pay back once you start earning over £21,000 per...read more
Understanding Bursaries Fee Waivers and Scholarships
There are lots of forms of funding available to students in the UK, and Scholarship Search is the most comprehensive directory of these opportunities, so you're definitely in the right place. This article covers the three major types of financial support you can get as a student. As of 2012, if a university charges tuition fees of over £6,000 per year, they are obliged to offer financial assistance to students from lower income backgrounds. Many universities, and some charities, offer...read more
When do I start paying back my student loan
If you already understand the basics of student funding: how student maintenance loans and grants work, and how you pay your tuition fees, you also need to know how you'll go about paying all this money back. Don't Worry You will not be poor whilst you're a student (unless you waste all your money on shoes, booze, and hilarious gadgets). Yes, tuition fees have gone up a lot in 2012, but this won't affect you at all whilst you're at university, and once you've graduated and...read more
Finding Funding for Part Time Degree Courses
If you want to study for your first degree but need to keep up work, part-time study might be the right option for you. Lots of universities offer part-time students, and the number of part-time degree courses available is on the rise. Whilst the government got a lot of bad press when they increased tuition fees for 2012, one of the positive things they did was make funding available to part-time students for the first time. You can't get a maintenance loan to fund your living...read more
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