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No UCAS application fee for those on FSM next year

News from UCAS about those applying from September 2024 :

"UCAS will remove the application fee for students in receipt of free school meals, making it easier for young people experiencing acute financial hardship to access higher education. For those applying for 2025 entry and beyond, teachers and advisers will verify eligible students via the Adviser Portal, and these students will then no longer be required to pay the fee on completion of their UCAS application."

If this applies to you - you receive FSM and you will be applying through UCAS in the autumn - then make sure that your Sixth Form / College is aware as sometimes schools don't always have this noted on your record.
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Original post by McGinger
News from UCAS about those applying from September 2024 :
"UCAS will remove the application fee for students in receipt of free school meals, making it easier for young people experiencing acute financial hardship to access higher education. For those applying for 2025 entry and beyond, teachers and advisers will verify eligible students via the Adviser Portal, and these students will then no longer be required to pay the fee on completion of their UCAS application."
If this applies to you - you receive FSM and you will be applying through UCAS in the autumn - then make sure that your Sixth Form / College is aware as sometimes schools don't always have this noted on your record.

Link here (to the press release).

I wonder how it's going to be funded
Original post by mesub
Link here (to the press release).

I wonder how it's going to be funded

only 29% of UCAS income is from the application fee. Another 29% comes from universities paying for every accepted applicant and then 40% comes from UCAS Media - ie selling applicant data or advertising or promoted emails to companies and universities.

Numbers wise only 10% of applicants self declared as receiving FSM in 2023 - and the press release mentions this only being available for applicants applying through a school/college so presumably UCAS will be asking the centre to verify FSM status for each applicant (which may reduce the proportion a lot). So that's only a 3% maximum hit to UCAS income (and don't forget they're a charity and need to justify their charitable status) - which amounts to a drop of ~ £1.5m, and they had a surplus of just under £1m in 2023 and financial reserves of over £34m....so shouldn't cause any issues financially (by verifying FSM status they'll probably be able to sell more of that data to universities and charities and recoup some of the income drop).
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Original post by PQ
only 29% of UCAS income is from the application fee. Another 29% comes from universities paying for every accepted applicant and then 40% comes from UCAS Media - ie selling applicant data or advertising or promoted emails to companies and universities.
Numbers wise only 10% of applicants self declared as receiving FSM in 2023 - and the press release mentions this only being available for applicants applying through a school/college so presumably UCAS will be asking the centre to verify FSM status for each applicant (which may reduce the proportion a lot). So that's only a 3% maximum hit to UCAS income (and don't forget they're a charity and need to justify their charitable status) - which amounts to a drop of ~ £1.5m, and they had a surplus of just under £1m in 2023 and financial reserves of over £34m....so shouldn't cause any issues financially (by verifying FSM status they'll probably be able to sell more of that data to universities and charities and recoup some of the income drop).

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