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Uni fees increases - November 24th 2010, 07:36 PM

So, anyone in the UK will have heard about the increase of the cap on university tuition fees, meaning unis will be allowed to charge up to 9000 a year. Obviously, the better the uni, the higher the fee, but I was going to try to get into UEA (considered one of the best in the country), which will obviously have one of the highest fees. The idea of leaving uni in 30,000 of debt does not appeal to me in the slightest, especially as I was hoping to do a postgraduate degree too.
Yes, I agree that cuts have to be made, but, in my opinion, they've been made in the wrong places. Education guarantees the future of our country, so surely should be protected? And foreign aid has been increased - sure, we should help other countries, but increasing aid when so many other cuts are being made?
For me, this increase is a huge upheaval. I'd decided I would finish 6th form, go to uni, then whilst in uni, make up my mind about exactly what direction I want to take - I know the subject area, just not the exact career I want. Now... I don't know if I want the burden of that much debt when I know how long it'll take for me to get a higher paid job. It's causing me a lot of stress... I'm even considering quitting 6th form and going out to work, as the only reason I went to 6th form in the first place was to get the qualifications I'd need to go to uni.

So... what do you guys think?
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Re: Uni fees increases - November 24th 2010, 11:50 PM

UEA is hardly one of the top Universities in the country and I would be surprised if they charged 9000. I would wait and see what happens before making changes to your plans.

You could also do your hardest to get straight A's and apply for a scholarship. This year at least UEA gave scholarships to A grade students.

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Re: Uni fees increases - November 26th 2010, 07:04 PM

UEA is in the top 20 in most league tables, but take those with a pinch of salt. I seriously can't see you getting charged the full whack but I doubt it'd be the minimum.

Ultimately, from an educational point of view it's pointless you asking, why are they doing this. You need to be asking yourself, is it going to be worth it? The debt is a concern, yes... But, it is also worth the money if you're going to get a decent career from going to University.

I did also hear on the grapevine that the amount you have to earn before you start paying it back is also being increased. Don't quote me on that because I haven't researched it, but if that is the case, then it makes the fee increases that little more tolerable.

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Re: Uni fees increases - November 26th 2010, 07:30 PM

You won't have to start paying off your debts until you're earning a decent amount (I think) but I know exactly where you're coming from. Also, if you're from a low-income family, most universities can give you a grant towards it.

I personally won't qualify for any extra grants, but will have to bear the weight of **** knows how much debt .

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