8th June 2011, 11:25am
Get answers to your university questions
A previous HE Convention at the Engine Shed School pupils with questions about studying at university can get answers from education experts at a free event in Lincoln.

The UCAS Lincolnshire Higher Education Convention 2011 takes place at the Engine Shed, Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln, on Tuesday 14th June from 10am-2pm. It has been organised by the University of Lincoln and Lincolnshire County Council, in conjunction with UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

More than 90 organisations will hold exhibition stands and talks at the event, including scores of the country’s best-known universities, colleges and training providers. Representatives from UCAS and Student Finance England will also be there.

There will be talks about fees and funding, different types of academic subject and what life at university is like. There will also be sessions on how to apply to universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Many schools from across the region have booked to visit the convention, which is free to attend. Individuals not part of a group booking can simply turn up on the day.

Elly Sample, Director of Communications, Development and Marketing at the University of Lincoln, said: “Many pupils, parents and teachers will have heard about the changes to university funding which come into effect in 2012. It’s extremely important that universities explain clearly how the new system will work so people with the ability and ambition to go to university are not deterred from doing so. No student will have to pay for their tuition up front and they will only begin to repay the cost once they are earning a good salary.
“This event is the perfect opportunity for people to get clear and candid answers to any questions they may have about university fees and funding, the content of different courses or the benefits of higher education.”

From 2012, universities will charge between £6,000 and £9,000 per year for tuition on full-time first degree courses. Students will not have to pay anything up front towards the cost of their tuition. They will receive a loan to cover the cost, which they only start to pay back once they are earning more than £21,000 a year. Maintenance loans are also available to help cover living costs. Students from less well-off homes may be eligible for non-repayable grants and other bursaries and scholarships may also be available.

For more information, call the University of Lincoln’s Enquiries Team on 01522 886644 or email enquiries@lincoln.ac.uk
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