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Monday, November 14, 2011

Student Finance Day to get the facts better known 

The Independent Taskforce on Student Finance is today (14 Nov 2011) holding a ‘Students Finance Day’ .

The taskforce says:

"This is a national day dedicated to explaining the 2012 changes to student finance in England. The main aim of the campaign is simple - to ensure people understand how the new student finance package works before they make a decision as to whether they can afford to go to university. The day is being organised by us alongside the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA) and the Higher Education Liaison Officers Association (HELOA)."

This is building on the work of Martin Lewis and others to provide accurate guides for students and their families. In particular to knock on the idea that from 2012 students need to pay three times more during their study period than students registered in 2011 and before.

There is a website for the taskforce with links to several very useful resources.

One resource is a video prepared by Bournemouth University which is particularly effective.

Let us hope that 2012 cohort students get the message and can make their educational decisions based on facts.

A thought. From October 2012 there will be people at Universities on the old system and on the new, able to make direct comparisons between their respective financial situations. I wonder if this will influence opinions on which of these cohorts is the better off?

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