UCAS

Dear parents, carers and guardians

I am sure you are all aware that the Chancellor has made changes in the last budget which will affect student university funding.  I have set out below a BBC article on the changes to university student funding.  While I have left the article in full, the summary (in my own words) is as follows:

1.      Maintenance grants (or part thereof) are currently paid to students with family incomes below £42,000

2.      No changes will happen until September 2016.

3.      From Sept 2016 maintenance grants will be scrapped and replaced with student loans.

4.      The loan available has gone up from just over £3k to £8,200 pa.

5.      Students won’t pay a penny back until they earn over £21K

Note students do not pay back their tuition fees until they earn over £21k.  The money due is paid through the student’s PAYE tax system.  No money is taken from the parent/carer/guardian’s salary.

Click to read the full article - Budget 2016: Student maintenance grants scrapped

New Ucas Tariff: Everything you need to know

Set out below you will find useful information to help you with your 2016 UCAS application to Higher Education: 

A Timetable for Action

Introduction

Bursaries

Structure

Choice 

University Finance 2016

Financial Support Leaflet 2015/16

UCAS Form 

Personal Statement 

Visits & Open Days

The Gap Year 

A Guide to Clearing

The Adjustment Period

UCAS Extra

Final Checklist Before Sending UCAS Form

If you are a parent/carer, and would like more advice about the whole UCAS process, Then please take a look at these websites:

www.ucas.com/parents

Please contact Mrs Jones, Director of Post-16 Transition (mjones@chsfg.co.uk) if you have any further queries.

VALUABLE READING

Choosing your Degree Course and UniversityTrotman

Degree Course Offers 2015 EntryTrotman

Getting into' Course Guides (Art & Design, Business and Management, Dental School, LAw, Medical School, Oxford & Cambridge, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Vetinary School): Trotman

How to complete your UCAS applicationTrotman - Updated annually

Job file VT Lifeskills Open Days: UCAS

Prospectuses and 'Alternative': Prospectus updated annually, available online.

Student MoneyTrotman

Surviving your first year at UniversityTrotman

The Times - Good University Guide: Harper Collins updated annually

University and College entrance - The Official Guide 2013 Entry (also known as The Big Guide): UCAS

University Scholarships, Awards and BursariesTrotman

Which A-Levels?: Lifetime

Most of these are available in your School careers library


USEFUL WEBSITES

www.ucas.com Essential for course information and applying to university.

www.ukcoursefinder.com Website for locating specific courses.

www.unistats.com Enables you to compare courses and universities.

www.practitioners.slc.co.uk - Student Finance experts

www.hotcourses.com large database of courses.

www.studylondon.ac.uk Official website for universities and  HE colleges in London.

www.open.ac.uk The Open University offers the opportunity to study for HE qualifications by supported distance learning.

www.opendays.com Directory of open days that can be searched by month or university/college.

www.personalstatement.info & www.studential.com Helpful for ideas on producing your personal statement.

www.allaboutu.org.uk Highly innovative and virtual experience of managing student life.

www.gofurther.co.uk To register for information and advice on HE

Next Step Job profiles: https://nextstep.direct.gov.uk/planingyourcareer/jobprofiles Over 750 job profiles giving you essential information on how to get into jobs and what is involved.

www.push.co.uk Alternative university guide.

www.unofficial-guides.com An alternative site about finding out about University life.

www.skill.org.uk Skill is the national bureau for students with disabilities.

www.braintrack.com International university index (including USA)

www.fullbright.co.uk Official information about studying in the USA for British students.

www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance Government information on student finance.

www.scholarship-search.org.uk Provides helpful funding and budgeting advice.

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk Not going to university doesn't mean your life is over.

http://jobseekers.direct.gov.uk Search for jobs, training, career information, voluntary work and childcare provision anywhere in the UK.

www.apprenticeships.org.uk Search and apply for apprenticeships.