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What do tuition fee rises mean for me?

tuition fee riseTuition fees in England rose in 2012. You might be confused about what this means for you, so here’s our guide to the facts behind the headlines.

How much are tuition fees?

For new full-time students in England, tuition fees are now up to £9,000. However, any universities charging over £6,000 have to prove they are offering bursaries and support schemes to encourage poor students to apply for places, and you can get a loan to cover the full cost of your fees.

Who has to pay the new fees?

The new fees will applies to all students starting university in the 2012/2013 academic year or later. This includes students who have deferred entry from 2011/2012. Students who were already at university before the start of the 2012/2013 academic year do not have to pay the increased fees for the rest of their course.

How will I pay them?

The government offers loans to cover the cost of fees, so no-one has to find the money upfront. These loans are then paid back once you start earning over £21,000 after graduating. This is calculated at about 9p for every pound you earn over £21,000 – so someone earning £25,000 would pay back about £360 a year. The level at which graduates begin to pay their fees will rise with inflation, and any amounts not paid back after 30 years will be written off.

Is there any other financial support available?

All students will still be able to apply for a loan to help to cover their living expenses, the exact amount of which is decided by household income and whether you live at home or study away.

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