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Student Finance Day to focus on fees and support

 

November 11 2011

University finance experts are urging prospective students to find out more about the true cost of studying.

Advisors at Glyndŵr University are seeking to dispel myths surrounding financial issues which they fear could be leading to confusion among people considering higher education.

They are speaking out as the university gears up for Student Finance Wales Day on Monday (November 14) and the launch of a new student-produced video on the issue.

Beryl Dixon, money doctor at the university said: “Student Finance Wales Day is all about making clear what the options are and what support is available.

“We want to make sure nobody is put off by the apparent complexities of the system or by fears that they will have to pay large fees at the start of their course.

“In fact, students studying full-time do not need to pay anything up front.”

Earlier this year Glyndŵr University announced an average fee of £6,643 for full-time undergraduate degrees in the academic year 2012-13.

Fees will start below £4,000 for foundation degrees, ranging to £7,750 for bachelors degrees in science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) subject areas.

Beryl said: “In setting fees, Glyndŵr University recognised the need to give students a range of options and to avoid as far as possible burdening them with large debts when they leave university.

“However we also recognise that for many students the system can seem daunting, so there is lots of help and support in place for our students throughout their time with us.

“Student Finance Day is an excellent way to get the message out about the realities of student finance, but for us it’s about helping people all year round, whatever their circumstances.

“Not everyone who wants to start a degree is coming straight from school, and we have advice tailored to people of all ages and stages of their careers.

“The message is to speak to us, get as much information as you can and don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

The university has a regularly updated fees and finance section on its website, and will be unveiling a new online video produced by students to mark Student Finance Day and provide more information on funding and welfare advice.

Student Finance Wales Day has been arranged by Student Finance Wales and more information is available on their website http://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/.

For more information on student funding and welfare at Glyndŵr University call 01978 293295 or email studentwelfare@glyndwr.ac.uk.

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