Ucas extends application deadline to Friday 29 January

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All applicants will have an extra two weeks to finish and submit their applications, following the government’s closure of schools and colleges

Students planning to start university this year have been given an extra two weeks to complete their applications, after Ucas moved its deadline from 15 January to 29 January.

The deadline has been moved back to allow some extra time because of the new lockdown measures that mean schools and colleges have closed until at least mid-February.

While “the vast majority of students are on track with their applications, there is recognition of the significant demands on teachers’ and adviser’s time as they move to online learning,” commented Ucas chief executive Clare Marchant.

“The decision to extend the deadline is about relieving the pressure not only on students, but also teachers and advisers,” Marchant added.

But applicants who are ready to submit now should still do so, Marchant stressed.

“We strongly advise students not to leave their application to the last minute and if they are ready to submit now to go ahead do this,” Marchant commented.

Anyone who misses the 29 January deadline will still be able to apply to start university this year. The only difference is that their application won’t be guaranteed to receive equal consideration, so there’s a chance that the course they’re applying to might have already filled up – especially if it’s a particularly competitive one.

“Whilst students can in many cases apply to courses after the January deadline, applying before 29 January means your application is considered equally against all other students that submit to the deadline and gives students the best possible chance of maximising the numbers of offers they receive,” Marchant said.

The next deadline for submitting university applications for 2021 entry is 30 June – anything submitted after that will go through Clearing.

You can find all the Ucas deadlines and key dates here

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