Help for disadvantaged students but still few details


The Government is in the process of designing a scheme to  provide financial relief to the most disadvantaged students.  The National Scholarship Programme (NSP) will form part of a coherent package of help targeted on bright potential students from disadvantaged backgrounds. All universities that want to charge a higher graduate contribution than the £6,000 threshold will be obliged to participate in the NSP. The design of the National Scholarship Programme is by no means finalised. Criteria for the NSP are currently being developed through advice from an expert panel, which includes the National Union of Students, the Higher Education Funding Council for England,  Universities UK, Sutton Trust and others.  Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes the Government’s Advocate for Access to Higher Education, has also  been invited to join the group. Government investment in the programme will reach £150 million a year by 2014/15. Options could include a first free year for disadvantaged students who were on free school meals or a foundation year to attract young talented people into the professions. Such measures could potentially help around 18,000 students in 2014/15. The number of students who can benefit from the new programme will depend on the final design which is currently being developed with advice from the expert panel. The Government want a wide range of people to have the opportunity to benefit from the programme. Likely groups to be supported include disabled students, part-time students, mature-aged students, those who have been eligible for the pupil premium at school, or have received free school meals or whose family income means that they will be eligible to receive student maintenance grants (Source Hansard 18 Jan)





    • I dont have sufficient information on what you want to give you any specific advice. Generally, If it concerns scholarships to independent schools I should contact the Independent schools Council or individual schools. Most schools have a scholarship fund or bursaries in which they subsidise all or a proportion of the fees. But your child will have to pass an entrance exam called the ‘Common Entrance’ to gain admission and scholarships focus on the brightest pupils so are hard to come by.There are also some very good state schools that dont charge fees as well as selective grammar schools where you dont have to pay any fees but your child would have to take a competitive exam called the 11+ to gain entrance. Hope this helps.

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