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Affording university

Wanting to differ my offer for university for next year, the thing stopping me is the amount of money that i will receive from the government to help me as my parents income with rise dramatically than what it is now.
I know that i can get a job for this gap year and save money for the uni but my parents want me to go now so that i have more money from the government to help but i believe that i can do it next year and be fine, any advice on what to do?
I’ve asked the uni about applying for maybe scholarships or bursaries that they offer to help with this but while i await their answer i’ve came here hoping for help.
Original post by jqssicq
Wanting to differ my offer for university for next year, the thing stopping me is the amount of money that i will receive from the government to help me as my parents income with rise dramatically than what it is now.
I know that i can get a job for this gap year and save money for the uni but my parents want me to go now so that i have more money from the government to help but i believe that i can do it next year and be fine, any advice on what to do?
I’ve asked the uni about applying for maybe scholarships or bursaries that they offer to help with this but while i await their answer i’ve came here hoping for help.

I totally depends on what uni you're going to. If its not a super time consuming one, then you can work part time to get some money. i would recommend tutoring as it pays really well and takes up very little time.
Original post by amberlily051
I totally depends on what uni you're going to. If its not a super time consuming one, then you can work part time to get some money. i would recommend tutoring as it pays really well and takes up very little time.
Also in addition, you re-apply for student finance every year, so even if you take the place now to get more money, student finance will still be low in second and third year if your parents income has increased.
Hi,

I would recommend that you go to university when you feel ready to, if you feel that the gap year is something that you need to do before you go to university then maybe that's the best option. As university can be quite a overwhelming at points and if you don't feel ready, then it can to the stress.

In terms of student finance, you can get student finance every year of your undergraduate degree, for up to 4 years. Most university's will have the bursary's and scholarships available on their website for students to view, alongside the eligibility criteria for each one. There's also external scholarships available for students, however these do tend to be quite competitive and you have to normally apply quite far in advance.

Having a part time job as a Student Ambassador, is normally one of the best paying student jobs and every university have student ambassadors. YSJ pays Student Ambassadors around £13 a hour, which i would imagine is similar to other universities. Normally Student Ambassadors are hired at the beginning of the academic year, so perhaps look into that if your wanting to have a part time job whilst at uni.

I hope this helps!

Suzan - Student Ambassador

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