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Applying for Educational Grants in the UK

If you would like to go to college in the UK you should carefully consider your financial options. A third level education can be very expensive, especially if, like the majority of students, you are living away from home. However a number of educational grants, bursaries and student loan schemes exist, which can help to fund you during your studies.

Tuition fees are charged on almost all third level courses in educational establishments throughout the UK. The exact amount that you can expect to pay varies from subject to subject and also between institutions. Therefore you should contact your university or college to find out what your tuition fees will be as soon as possible.

In addition to your college expenses you may also have to pay for accommodation, food, books and other living costs. Again you will need to have an idea of how much rent you will be paying in order to successfully budget for the college year.

While there are many expenses associated with a college education, a number of educational grants are also available. Students can apply for governmental Maintenance Grants, which provide a certain amount of money to subsidise living costs. Those who are undertaking part-time courses can also apply for a Fee Grant or a Course Grant.

Eligibility for maintenance grants are based on household income. Currently you may apply for a student maintenance grant is your total annual household income is less than £50,020.

Further information on educational grants and student finance can be found at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/StudentFinance/Gettingstarted/DG_171572. Online application forms are also available here.

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