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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
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
Are UK Unis poor Value for Money Compared to the US
It has emerged a large proportion of British students are now looking to the United States for degree courses. According to data compiled by the Fulbright Commission, 30% more British students sat the US college entrance exam last year than in 2008, amounting to 10,000 in total. It is believed the majority of this new curiosity for US institutions comes from the brightest prospective students; those at independent and grammar schools, presumably trying to escape yearly tuition fees of up...read more
Widening Participation for Undergraduates
Not surprisingly, the tripling of tuition fees could be seen as a huge barrier deterring schoolchildren and young adults from transforming their lives by going to university. Schoolchildren in poorer areas may not have even thought about university, some still believe only the well off can afford to better themselves with a degree. And now, given the media uproar invoked by the fees increase, many parents of underprivileged families are simply unaware of the financial support...read more
Oxford Announces New Bursaries for 100 Poorest Students
After a record £75 Million donation from a former Oxford student and his writer wife, students from low-income families will receive a bursary to reduce fees and help with living costs at the university. The donation effectively means the tuition fees hike will not affect many of Oxford's poorest students. The donation, made by Welsh-American Venture Capitalist, Christ Church College alumnus and former journalist Michael Moritz and his wife, American author Harriet Heyman, with matched...read more
Brightside student budget calculator and bright knowledge
Brightside is a national charity which provides free online resources for students, and as a high proportion of you are cash-strapped and love free stuff, we thought it only fair to tell you all about it. Firstly, there's Bright Knowledge, which is full of great advice whether you're planning what to take for Freshers Week, working out which course to choose, or looking for advice about budgeting when you're two terms into your final year and suffering from a severe case of hungry...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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