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St. Bede's Catholic College

ST Bede's

Catholic College

    Higher Education

    Higher education is an optional final stage of formal learning. Once young people have completed Level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels, T Levels, BTEC National Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate and some apprenticeships they may wish to continue their studies at degree level. However, some people may choose to study for a degree at a later stage of their life. There are many universities and colleges across the country offering a vast number of degree subject options.

    For a number of professions, a degree is essential e.g., medicine, veterinary, dentistry, architecture. For other career areas such as business, retail and accountancy a degree may be an advantage.   

    The financial implications surrounding studying for a degree will depend on the individual circumstances of the student concerned. Please note:

    • Tuition fees are charged by universities and colleges to cover key elements of courses and academic life, as well as core services related to students’ wellbeing and experience on campus. 
    • Most students will not have to pay any tuition fees whilst studying.
    • Tuition fee loans are available. Students will need to repay the tuition fee loan once they have finished their course. Students who started a course on or after 1st August 2023, will begin to repay the loan when their income is over £25,000 a year. Students who started their course between 1st September 2012 and 31st July 2023, will begin to repay their loan when their income is over £27,295 a year.
    • Maintenance loans are available to help with some living costs.
    • UK students (not EU) are entitled to Maintenance loans to help pay for essential expenses such as accommodation, food, books and travel etc.
    • Non- repayable Grants are available for students where there is significant financial or health difficulties.
    • Financial support may be available through scholarships and bursaries available depending on the course chosen, the place of study and the circumstances of the individual concerned.

    Undergraduate Tuition Fees and Student Loans

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