Offered an interview for the UEA 5 year course, but I am a graduate (funding)

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I applied for the following courses for September 2020 entry:

Newcastle GEM - rejected
Southampton GEM
Leicester 5 Year
East Anglia 5 Year - offered interview

I have been offered an interview with UEA but it is for undergraduate entry. From my understanding I would need to self-fund the first 4 years.

I don't have £37,000, which means I'm screwed right?

I plan to contact the medical school after Christmas to discuss things but I will be gutted if I have to turn them down because of money.

I am expecting to be rejected from Southampton because my UKCAT was poor.

I anticipated that I would get an interview with UEA and possibly Leicester because I rank highly using their criteria and I scored band 1 in the UKCAT.

I'm just gutted about the funding issue. Are there any options such as grants or scholarships?

Thank you
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(Original post by chunkofchange)
I applied for the following courses for September 2020 entry:

Newcastle GEM - rejected
Southampton GEM
Leicester 5 Year
East Anglia 5 Year - offered interview

I have been offered an interview with UEA but it is for undergraduate entry. From my understanding I would need to self-fund the first 4 years.

I don't have £37,000, which means I'm screwed right?

I plan to contact the medical school after Christmas to discuss things but I will be gutted if I have to turn them down because of money.

I am expecting to be rejected from Southampton because my UKCAT was poor.

I anticipated that I would get an interview with UEA and possibly Leicester because I rank highly using their criteria and I scored band 1 in the UKCAT.

I'm just gutted about the funding issue. Are there any options such as grants or scholarships?

Thank you
https://rmbf.org/medical-students/li...itable-trusts/
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Not to be rude but why did you apply to 5 year courses if you weren't 100% sure you could fund them? Technically speaking you don't need to pay the £37,000 up front, but obviously you need to be pretty damn sure you could pay £9000 each year.
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(Original post by chunkofchange)
I applied for the following courses for September 2020 entry:

Newcastle GEM - rejected
Southampton GEM
Leicester 5 Year
East Anglia 5 Year - offered interview

I have been offered an interview with UEA but it is for undergraduate entry. From my understanding I would need to self-fund the first 4 years.

I don't have £37,000, which means I'm screwed right?

I plan to contact the medical school after Christmas to discuss things but I will be gutted if I have to turn them down because of money.

I am expecting to be rejected from Southampton because my UKCAT was poor.

I anticipated that I would get an interview with UEA and possibly Leicester because I rank highly using their criteria and I scored band 1 in the UKCAT.

I'm just gutted about the funding issue. Are there any options such as grants or scholarships?

Thank you
The link you've been given is worth investigating, but there are very few funds for second-undergraduate 5-year medical students. You would also not be eligible to receive any bursary funds from the university, if this degree is an ELQ degree.

As a note, you might qualify for the loan for living costs, which is £8,000. There is nothing to stop you using this to pay for the fees, though this would of course leave the problem of actually funding your living costs.
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(Original post by chunkofchange)
I applied for the following courses for September 2020 entry:

Newcastle GEM - rejected
Southampton GEM
Leicester 5 Year
East Anglia 5 Year - offered interview

I have been offered an interview with UEA but it is for undergraduate entry. From my understanding I would need to self-fund the first 4 years.

I don't have £37,000, which means I'm screwed right?

I plan to contact the medical school after Christmas to discuss things but I will be gutted if I have to turn them down because of money.

I am expecting to be rejected from Southampton because my UKCAT was poor.

I anticipated that I would get an interview with UEA and possibly Leicester because I rank highly using their criteria and I scored band 1 in the UKCAT.

I'm just gutted about the funding issue. Are there any options such as grants or scholarships?

Thank you
This was surely something to sort out before you applied, rather than when you get an interview? The med school have nothing to do with funding, that is down to SFE and they are very clear about the funding for 2nd degrees. If there is no way to take up a place if offered, you have removed the chance of somebody else having that interview when you were aware there was no chance of you accepting any offer (or you have left it until this stage to do your research, which may be considered short-sighted)
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This was surely something to sort out before you applied, rather than when you get an interview? The med school have nothing to do with funding, that is down to SFE and they are very clear about the funding for 2nd degrees. If there is no way to take up a place if ooffered, you have removed the chance of somebody else having that interview when you were aware there was no chance of you accepting any offer (or you have left it until this stage to do your research, which may be considered short-sighted)
This. Also, if you had a poor UCAT score why did you apply to Newcastle? I understand that when it comes to GEM a poor UCAT score is the final nail in the coffin if you haven't also sat the GAMSAT/BMAT but hopefully this will all be a learning experience if you apply next year.
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(Original post by chunkofchange)
I applied for the following courses for September 2020 entry:

Newcastle GEM - rejected
Southampton GEM
Leicester 5 Year
East Anglia 5 Year - offered interview

I have been offered an interview with UEA but it is for undergraduate entry. From my understanding I would need to self-fund the first 4 years.

I don't have £37,000, which means I'm screwed right?

I plan to contact the medical school after Christmas to discuss things but I will be gutted if I have to turn them down because of money.

I am expecting to be rejected from Southampton because my UKCAT was poor.

I anticipated that I would get an interview with UEA and possibly Leicester because I rank highly using their criteria and I scored band 1 in the UKCAT.

I'm just gutted about the funding issue. Are there any options such as grants or scholarships?

Thank you
So you applied to two UCAT unis when you had a bad UCAT, and two unis you can't possibly afford. This application went well didn't it Sorry, I know you're probably beating yourself up about that already, but some big lessons to learn regarding doing your research for next time. And not just UCAS - anything important! We live and we learn and we improve.

I don't think the charitable funding is going to be a realistic option. There are literally thousands of people who would want to be able to apply to a less competitive undergrad-entry place if they could, so why should they fund you over them?

You may be able to pick up work during your degree - undergrad entry is a little less intense so it becomes at least possible - but working enough hours to pay all those fees will be hard. Maybe a possibility combined with a large maintenance loan? It'd be risky though - can't find enough work and that could be it you drop out.

If you have a good credit rating a personal loan may be an option to top up what you can't afford, but again: risky.
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I would say, if you're not 100% sure you can afford it, don't take any 5 year offer. Reapply.
Universities will kick you out if you cannot pay. It happens. Take another year, get a better UCAT and either save more money or apply to 4 years
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