What are the benefits of going to University?
Going to university can benefit you in a number of ways.
By picking the right course you will enjoy the depth of study and develop your knowledge and thinking about the discipline you are interested in.
Many graduates say they do not regret going to university or college, and describe it as one of the best experiences of their life.
Not only can university offer an environment rich in social and cultural experiences, but can also help further your career prospects by gaining valuable new skills sought by employers, which will open more doors to better jobs.
Getting a university qualification means you are less likely to be unemployed than non-graduates.
There are now around 50,000 courses available at universities and colleges across the UK, so there’s bound to be something that appeals to you.
There are different flexible options for studying a higher education course: full-time, part-time and online distance learning, so learning at this level can be flexible to your needs.
Although the monetary rewards vary greatly, it has been shown that on average, graduates will earn significantly more in their lifetime than those with A levels and no degree qualification.
The difference currently stands at around £100,000 before tax, and can rise to nearly £350,000 for medical graduates.
Having a degree will improve your chances of gaining promotion, and help you progress up the career ladder more quickly.
In addition to the academic side of your university education, there will be social benefits too.
There is much more to higher education than just poring over textbooks and taking exams – all universities have a wide range of clubs and societies that you can become part of, e.g. kayaking, rugby, chess, drama, photography, etc.
This can provide you with valuable experience that will look great on your CV when you graduate. Employers will see you as a more rounded person, having mixed with a variety of people from all walks of life, and developed important life skills such as communication and problem solving.
Your experiences will also give you more confidence, which will be obvious to employers.
Attending university and living away from home gives you the chance to be completely independent. You will develop important life skills that are needed to be independent.
Image of pink piggy bank on human palms[/caption] Universities and colleges can charge up to £9,000 per year for full-time students and £6,750 for part-time students. Private colleges and universities may charge more than this.
Eligible students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £9,000 to cover the cost of any tuition fees. For full details on the eligibility criteria for a tuition fee loan, go to dcsf.gov.uk. The tuition fee loan is not means tested, and you do not have to start paying it back until you are earning over £21,000. The tuition fee loan is paid directly to your university or college.
If you choose not to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover your fees, you will be required by your university to make the payment in accordance with their deadline. For more information on applying for student finance, please visit gov.uk. You may be eligible for student loan forgiveness so check it out!
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