Cost has always been a factor in the decision-making process.
- Since 2012 entry English universities have been granted permission to charge tuition fees of up to £9,000 per academic year.
- Welsh and Scottish universities are also able to charge English students up to £9,000 per academic year.
- Most English students applying to English universities will be subject to tuition fees.
- Different arrangements are applicable accross England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For the minority of students moving from one country in the UK to another there is a more complex arrangement.
- Read University Tuition Fees for the up-to-date information and how tuition fees might affect you.
Universities have introduced bursary/scholarship schemes to assist students who are from low-income backgrounds and for students who wish to study shortage subjects.
- In order to find out how much it will cost to study at a particular university you will have to check their fees and your potential eligibility for any of their bursary schemes.
- Read about bursaries and scholarships.
Even then, this may not give you the full picture, as costs vary accross institutions. Ask the question.
- If you wish to be thorough, ask universities how much it will cost for you to join the sports centre, connect to WiFi, use the library photocopier or bring your family to your graduation ceremony.
- Many universities supply this type of detail in their prospectus and on their website.
- If you are planning to start university in 2013–14, use our Student Loan Repayment Calculator for an insight into how much you may need to repay and how long it may take.
In summary, underestimate cost at your peril and remember to budget for your social life too.
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