Students must decide by mid-next week whether or not to accept academic offers for the new academic year.
It’s a big decision – even more so this year, with many online conferences and very difficult socializing.
Will universities open in September?
Universities are currently considering how they will operate from September and many have already decided to change their normal hours.
The plans include:
You should contact individual universities or check their websites to find out what they have decided.
Should i go there?
The deadlines for deciding whether to accept offers have been extended to June 18.
You make two choices – a top-notch firm university and insurance, or backup, and then decline any other offer. If you meet the conditions of the first choice offer, you are there – otherwise the backup alternative comes into play.
Even then, you are not determined to go if you choose not to do so.
Places at specific universities can be canceled online, and if you decide not to go to university at all, you must phone those holding you a place to request that your application be withdrawn.
None of this will leave you behind.
Will universities charge the full tuition fees?
The government says university students in England will still have to pay the full tuition fees even if their courses are taught online in the fall.
However, some students are unhappy with this.
One of them launched a petition, requesting reimbursement for the loss of his education after the early end of the school year in March. He collected more than 330,000 signatures, enough for a parliamentary debate.
University tuition fees in the UK are £ 9,250 per year, which is fully covered by a student loan, although international students can pay more.
Scottish and European students do not pay tuition fees to attend a university in Scotland.
What about accommodation costs?
Hosting costs may vary, but generally run into several thousand pounds.
Maintenance loans for living expenses are means-tested, so you have to tell the difference, which often means resorting to parents.
Claire Sosienski-Smith, an official with the National Students Union (NUS), told the BBC: “We recommend that students think carefully before signing any binding contracts or agreements for next year, especially in the rental contracts. ”
Some students have had their accommodation costs waived for the summer term canceled, but others have had to pay, even if they were unable to stay at university due to the lockout.
2.38 millionhigher education students in the UK
1.8 millionof them are undergraduate students
480,000students from outside the UK
541,240became undergraduate in 2019
Source: Agency for Higher Education Statistics
Can I postpone my place?
The number of students at UK universities could be much lower than usual from September.
A survey by the University and College Union found that more than one in five students could delay entering university this year.
Universities and colleges have varied approaches to the issue.
Some will not allow deferred entry for subjects like medicine, but will consider it for other courses. However, you should verify that the same course is offered the following year.
You may also be asked why you want to postpone the review of your application.
Will international students always come to the UK?
A recent study found that two-thirds of international students still plan to take advantage of their offers abroad, including in the UK.
IDP Connect, which works in global marketing for students, interviewed nearly 6,900 students and found that 69% of them did not change their plans.
However, according to a study by the British Council, future postgraduate students from East Asia are largely in favor of a face-to-face start in January for an online start in the fall.
The survey of more than 15,000 students, carried out in April and May, also showed that British universities are expected to have almost 14,000 fewer new enrollments in 2020-21 compared to 2018-19. This would lead to a £ 463m drop in education and living expenses.
Is the government helping universities?
A call from universities in England for a £ 2 billion government bailout has been rejected.
However, to help with cash flow, £ 2.6 billion in tuition and £ 100 million in research funding will be advanced.
Universities can also access Treasury support for companies disrupted by a coronavirus, worth an additional £ 700 million.
The number of new students in the UK and the EU will be controlled by the government, which may add additional numbers in some cases. Half of any additional capacity would go to people studying courses like nursing.