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					University: The Facts



     Mike Pollard
 UK Marketing Manager
Introduction


   Thinking about applying
   UCAS and the application process
   Student finance
Why study?

   Interest in subject
   Employability:
     Improved promotional and salary
      progression
     Increased career choice
     Flexibility

   Self-development
   Social life
What to Study?

   60,000 course combinations available
   Study of more than one subject
   New subjects
   Same course title - not the same content
   Career choice
   Teaching
   Assessment
Type of course

   LEVEL
       Degree
       HND or Foundation
       Dip HE (Nursing)

   STRUCTURE
       Modular
       Sandwich (thick or thin)
       Single, joint or combined
       Periods of study abroad
UCAS points tariff
                                                    BTEC Nationals
 Key      3 unit AS   6 unit A2   12 unit   Award     Certificate    Diploma   Points
Skills                            AVCE
                                                                      DDD       360
                                                                      DDM       320
                                                                      DMM       280
                                    AA                    DD          MMM       240
                                    AB                                          220
                                    BB                   DM           MMP       200
                                    BC                                          180
                                    CC                   MM           MPP       160
                                    CD                                          140
                         A          DD       D           MP           PPP       120
                         B          DE                                          100
                         C          EE       M            PP                    80
             A           D                                                      60
             B                                                                  50
             C           E                    P                                 40
             D                                                                  30
level 3      E                                                                  20
level 2                                                                         10
Where to Study?


   Over 350 higher education providers in UK
   Beware of reputations
   Location
   Opportunity for part-time work
   Size
   Academic facilities
   Accommodation
   Social scene
   Campus/non-campus
Summary & How You Can Help


   Reflection and research
   A subject they’ll enjoy!
   Support and guidance from school
   A realistic application

   Why? What? Where? – in that order
Applying to university
How to Apply


   www.ucas.ac.uk

   University & Colleges Admissions Service

   Everyone applies through UCAS except:
     Nursing / midwifery applications (NMAS)
     Art and Design foundation (direct)
     Part time courses (direct)
Timing of Application – UCAS dates


Spring/Summer 07 - Research and attend open days

Sept 07 - Schools and colleges receive UCAS forms

15 Oct 07 - Closing date for UCAS to receive applications
            to Oxford and Cambridge, medicine, dentistry,
            veterinary medicine/science


15 Jan 08 - Deadline for all UCAS application forms
Deadlines


   Student must adhere to school deadlines.

   The earliest applications will get the places

   Student is responsible for their application.

   Teachers need enough time to write an excellent
    reference.
Application Form


   UCASApply – online
   Reference section completed by teachers
   Three sections for student to complete:
   Personal details and 5 course choices
   Qualifications – achieved/predicted
   Personal statement
UCAS Form – Personal Statement
   Why this course / subject area?
   Evidence of understanding course
    content and where it might lead
   Work experience (paid and unpaid)
   Key skills gained from activities such
    as Duke of Edinburgh
   Career aspirations
   Involvement in non-examined
    activities, e.g. music, drama
   Industrial sponsorships
   Year out details
   Social activities out of education
College reference

   Motivation
   Commitment
   Reliability
       Attendance
       Coursework handed in on time
   Potential
       Strengths and Weaknesses
   Work on own
   Leaders or followers
   Extenuating circumstances
Application progress


   Interviews may take place
   An unconditional or
    conditional offer is made
    •   Example: 240 points to include
        at least two 6-unit awards or
        equivalent
   Applicant tracking service
    (UCAS)

   Accept a “Firm” and “Insurance” offer
Kingston University Compact Scheme

   Eligibility for students at compact colleges:
       Full-time course at Kingston University
       Applying through UCAS

       No family history of HE or
       EMA or
       Care leaver
   Benefits:
       £300 per year of study
       Flexible entry requirements
       Single contact for information, advice and guidance
Student Funding and
   Finance Issues
Student Finance – UK Undergraduate

   Tuition fees and Tuition Fee Loans
   Maintenance Grants
   Maintenance Loans
   University and College Bursaries
   Additional Support
   How to Apply
   Repayments
   Nursing, midwifery and therapies different
Tuition Fees

   Tuition fees of up to £3,070 per year (2007/8).
   Fees can vary between courses and universities.
   A Tuition Fee Loan is available.
   Can be paid up front.
   Available to all students, regardless of income
   Tuition fee loan is paid direct to the university


        “study first, pay back when you’re earning”
Maintenance Grant

                           Household     Level of
   Up to £2,765           Income        Grant
   Means tested              Below
                             £17,910        £2,760
   Non-repayable
   Paid in three            Between       Between
    instalments            £17,501 and     £50 and
                             £37,425        £2,759
   Grant adjusted
                              Above
    against student loan     £38,330          Nil
Maintenance Loan


   To help with living and study expenses
   Partly means-tested
       75% non-means tested
       25% means tested
       Reduction in line with grant
   Paid direct to the student
   Paid in three instalments
Maintenance Loan Rates

2007/8                  Max if receiving 75%         100%
                        more than        Non means   Including
                        £1230 grant      tested      means tested


Living away from home   £5085          £4735         £6,315
in London

Living away from home   £3280          £3,385        £4,510
outside London


Living at home          £2,265         £2,620        £3,495
Disabled Student Allowances

   Equipment allowance £4905 (to last the
    whole course)
   Non-medical helper allowance £12420
    (renewed each year)
   General allowance £1640 (renewed
    each year and can be used to top up
    the other two allowances)
   Not means tested
University and College Bursaries

IF
    Student receives the full grant of £2,765

AND
    University or College is charging more that that

THEN:
    University or College must provide a minimum non-
     repayable bursary of at least the difference.
    Average is £305, but many are offering more than this.
Means Testing

   Most living cost support is means tested.
   The Local Authority assesses household income on the
    PN1 form – available March 2008

   For most school leavers this will be based on:
       Gross taxable income of resident parent(s) / partners /
        step parents
       LESS deductions:
            payments into pension funds
            approx. £1,075 for each other dependant child
Method of calculation
Total gross taxable parental/spouse/partner income for financial
year ended 5 April 2007 (plus any student income that must be
used)

Minus
Pension payments and any tax deductible professional or
employment-related expenditure to 5 April 2007

Equals
Household income

Minus
£1075 for each other student or child in the household

Equals
Residual Household Income - used to calculate level of support
Living Costs

   Budgeting is an essential:
       Rent
       Food
       Clothes
       Books
       TV Licence
       Phone
       Transport
       Entertainment
Is it Enough?


   Low income approx. £8,500
   Middle income approx. £6,500
   High Income approx. £4,500

   Support available:
       Student bank accounts
       University student finance teams
       Emergency and Access to Learning Funds
Repayments

   Tuition Fee & Maintenance Loans added together

   Repayments start once pay is more than £15,000 pa

   Repayments collected through PAYE

   Repayment rate is 9% of earnings above £15,000 pa

   Any outstanding balance (excluding arrears) is written
    off after 25 years

   Additional payments can be made
Interest

   Starts to be added as soon as first
    payment of loan received
   Rate linked to retail price index and
    will fluctuate, currently 2.4%
   SLC provide an annual statement
    detailing the balance outstanding and
    the interest added
   Any balance remaining after 25 years
    will be cancelled
Gross income    Monthly
  per year     repayment
 £15,000         £0.00
 £16,000         £7.50
 £17,000        £15.00
 £20,000        £37.50
 £22,000        £52.50
 £25,000        £75.00
Summary


   Variable fees (up to £3,070)
   Tuition Fee Loan (up to £3,070)
   New non-repayable grants up to £2,765
   Increase in maintenance loan
   Guaranteed bursary for students receiving the
    £2,765 grant
   Easy repayments
Further Information


www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance
www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk
www.nhspa.gov.uk/sgu/sgu.cfm
University Student Services Departments
DfES Publications: 0800 7319133