This woman deserves a round of applause and a throne of gold. This is the most realistic & amazing thing for someone to say for this generation of students. I wasn’t able to go to college this year because my parents can’t afford to send me and I had every scholarship, grant, loan known to man and it still wouldn’t work. Finally someone gets it!
take a leaf out of england’s book - as a uni student myself i can vouch for how good our system is, students can borrow up to £9000 in tuition fees and £7000 in maintenance/living/accommodation fees, no interest whatsoever is added for the period of which it is borrowed and you only ever have to pay it back after university if you are earning over £20,000 a year, if you move to another country the debt doesn’t follow you. You are also given the option of having an overdraft that can be up to £1500, which however i would strongly advise you either do not take or you never ever use because however much you dip into that, that amount WILL be deducted from your next loan to cover the cost. That being said England has pretty much made it incredibly easy and manageable to attend university and get a good education. I’ve also heard that in America some tuition/university fees can be as high as £60,000, you will not find that in England. I don’t think there is a university here that costs that much to attend or anything close to that.
In regards to the grades or prerequisites to attending a university it’s just as easy, I didn’t even have enough UCAS points to start the course I am on now, but I seemingly aced the interview and had the required GCSE grades (5 grade c’s or above) and am moving on to my second year of an excellent course. For those who don’t know UCAS points are accumulated through extra curriculum activities (not all, only those that state they provide UCAS points), higher education such as college or sixth form grades etc. meaning that in order to attend university you yourself have to prove that you’ve worked hard enough and studied and have the active interest to go, you don’t need to have great connections, loads of money and you can’t just skate by in younger life to be accepted, you have to go out there and earn it yourself. As somebody who didn’t meet the UCAS requirements I still managed to get in because in the interview I proved I was dedicated and excited and willing to learn and work hard on the course I was accepted. It’s all down to the individual willing to go to make sure they are accepted, and it promotes self sufficiency, hard work and having an active interest at a young age.
Returning to the financial situation, if you have a household income below a certain amount you are entitled to a greater maintenance/accommodation loan as the government recognises that you will be receiving less financial support from your family. They also provide a greater living cost loan if you attend a university in London as it generally costs more to live in London as a student than anywhere else in England.