Whether you’re thinking about studying, already a student, or even the parent of a student you can find out everything you need to know about student finance.
As a full-time undergraduate student at University, College or other institution you'll normally have to pay for your tuition fees as well as your living costs for the duration of your degree course. Registration fees in universities across England have always represented a very significant expense, either for British or European students. One of the most used solutions in the UK is to take a government loan, as a UK National or EU resident; you can apply to Student Finance England (SFE) for loans and grants to help with these costs.
A government loan in England: For whom and how?
Registration fees in English Universities now account for between £ 4,000 and sometimes up to £ 9,000 or more per year, according to the University level of education, or the chosen course!
The recent reform of the England higher education system continues in the increase of its costs for years to come.
To enable students to finance more easily their studies, the British government has set up student loans aiming to cover the full registration fee for your degree, as you pay upon completion of the degree and a job paid for the minimum of £ 21,000 a year. If you want to study in Northern Ireland, England or Wales, it’s one of the solutions to consider as scholarships are not for everyone!
The 2010 reform follows the announcement by the Conservative-Liberal government to a reduction in block grants to higher education in the order of 60% to 80%.
As part of a public budget stabilized at around 330 billion from 2010 to 2015, it is expected that the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) will shift from 17.2 to 13.7 billion (Treasury, 2011b; p.48). The expenses of the department devoted to higher education should, therefore, shift from 7.2 to 4.2 billions from 2010 to 2015.
Where to send your application (Any original documents you send will be returned to you within 4 weeks)
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK-based charity whose main role is managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. The service acts as a bridge between prospective students and institutions by providing an online application that can be completed and sent to Universities throughout the UK. Once applications are submitted UCAS alerts students of any updates or decisions made by Universities via UCAS Track.
UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression.
This means that if you wanted to apply for a Maths degree at both Manchester University and Liverpool University then you could send both applications through UCAS. You would then review your responses from all institutions through UCAS.
This services support young people making choices after their GCSEs, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. A centralised admissions service for undergraduate admissions to higher education dates back to 1961 when UCCA (Universities Central Council on Admissions) was formed, to help Universities effectively manage multiple applications from students. An Executive Team of Directors, and its Board of Trustees manage UCAS.
UCCA merged with its partner organisations PCAS (Polytechnics Central Admissions System) and SCUE (Standing Conference on University Entrance) in 1993 to create one independent service – UCAS. As a centralised admissions service, we encourage students to consider courses and learning opportunities across the UK and promote choice.
In 2014, undergraduate admissions service handled almost three million applications from 700,000 UK, EU, and international students. UCAS have helped 512,000 students secure a full-time place at one of over 380 Universities and Colleges across the UK. They provide information, advice, and admissions services for UK Conservatoires, for Initial Teacher Training (UCAS Teacher Training), taught postgraduate courses (UCAS Postgraduate), and for young people looking to move to a new school or College after they’ve taken their GCSEs (UCAS Progress).
Who is eligible under home student status
If your child using their A-levels to go to University and they hold a conditional offer, it’s likely
they will have to achieve a certain number of UCAS points in order to take up the place.
Here’s how to convert your child’s A-level results into UCAS points:
If an AS and A-level has been taken in the same subject, the AS points should not be added to the A-level ones: simply count them from the highest level you have achieved.
Not all Universities or Colleges use the UCAS points system to determine entry, but will simply specify which grades they require you to achieve, often in specific subjects.
How does it affect me?
Almost everyone finds applying to University challenging in some way. From writing the perfect Statement of purpose (or Personal Statement) to understanding how the application process actually works, it’d be a miracle if we didn’t get a little bit confused at some point! UCAS is one such mystery that can be equally confusing for both UK based A Level students and international students. You may never have heard of UCAS before, but you can bet it’ll start getting mentioned when you’re ready to apply for University!
Do I have to apply through UCAS?
Sometimes we have students who get admitted on the spot at our ‘Spot Admission events’, however in some cases Universities will still expect an application to be made through UCAS. So, in almost all cases, yes, you do have to apply through UCAS.
Who is eligible under home student status
Sometimes we have students who get admitted on the spot at our ‘Spot Admission events’, however in some cases Universities will still expect an application to be made through UCAS. So, in almost all cases, yes, you do have to apply through UCAS. Your International Education Consultant will be able to help you further, including helping you stick to deadlines. Excluding courses such as Medicine, which has an earlier deadline, the deadline is usually January 15th.
‘Clearing’ is also an option and this refers to students who may have missed the earlier January deadline. Usually students apply through clearing because they didn’t receive any offers when they applied the first time around. Clearing opens on the 30th June and allows Universities to fill any remaining positions they have on their courses. As you can imagine, less popular courses will usually have more places available in clearing..