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Greenshaw HE advice


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Greenshaw HE advice

  1. 1. Welcome to Yr 13 Higher Education Evening Thursday 24 th June
  2. 2. Reasons to consider university… <ul><li>Employability.. and greater adaptability </li></ul><ul><li>Greater earnings (research shows that graduates earn over £400,000 more than non-graduates on average) </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively low cost (£22p/w on £18,000 p/a) </li></ul><ul><li>Life and academic development </li></ul>
  3. 3. The current situation <ul><li>The recession has made the job market more competitive. </li></ul><ul><li>The agreed cap on tuition fees has been lifted: we cannot guarantee these in the future. </li></ul><ul><li>It can be argued that uni is a bad idea as having more debt right now is not wise. </li></ul><ul><li>It can be argued that uni is a great idea as the jobs market will be more competitive. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to make choices <ul><li>Course first, university second </li></ul><ul><li>Use online tools such as or Stamford test </li></ul><ul><li>Speak to friends, teachers and use the web </li></ul><ul><li>Go to Open Days at the universities of interest </li></ul>
  5. 5. The 5 sections of the application <ul><li>Personal details </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Information </li></ul><ul><li>Choices </li></ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Statement </li></ul>
  6. 6. Personal statement <ul><li>A 4,000 character ‘covering letter’ </li></ul><ul><li>It enables students space to explore why they have chosen that degree, and… </li></ul><ul><li>The skills they have already acquired </li></ul><ul><li>All students aiming for university will have completed a draft PS for their tutor before the end of Year 12 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Finance <ul><li>All students will leave university with a debt – FACT: but here are different forms of debt </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Good debt’ is inexpensive and an investment in something long term (like a mortgage) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Bad debt’ might be expensive APR and be used for items that don’t appreciate (like a car loan) </li></ul><ul><li>University is an investment in your future. </li></ul><ul><li>Financial support is available to all students. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What will I pay for? <ul><li>There are two types of costs associated with going to university: tuition fees; living costs </li></ul><ul><li>For 2010 / 2011 universities can charge up to £3,290 for full-time fees. All students receive a loan for this – not means tested. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Maintenance Loans 2010 / 11 MAXIMUM ENTITLEMENT Living away from home in London £6,928 Living away from home outside London £4,950 Living at home £3,838
  10. 10. Paying back? <ul><li>Study first, then pay back when earning over £15,000 p/a. </li></ul><ul><li>You pay back 9% of your salary over £15,000. For example, if you are earning £18,000 you pay back £5.19pw. </li></ul><ul><li>Loans do incur interest, but are lower than the high-street banks. The rate has been frozen at 0% until Aug 2010. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Grants Level of Grant £2,906 Partial grant between £2,906 & £50 Nil Household Income Up to £25,001 From £25,001 to £50,020 £50,020 or above
  12. 12. Bursaries <ul><li>Every University has an amount of money they can award each year as non-repayable bursaries. </li></ul><ul><li>Each University sets its own criteria for these, but can be over £1,000 per year </li></ul>
  13. 13. The next steps <ul><li>Personal Statement support now </li></ul><ul><li>Open Days from now onwards </li></ul><ul><li>An allocated UCAS mentor in September </li></ul><ul><li>1st September we prioritise applicants </li></ul><ul><li>First come first served basis </li></ul>
  14. 14. Any queries? If you are a parent or student currently in Year 12 at Greenshaw and have any queries about Higher Education then please contact me by e-mail at [email_address] .