Researching the colleges (Part 4)

Link to part 1, part 2 and part 3.

If you google “UK universities” you are going to get a long list of websites so here is a couple that I found useful when trying to locate which course is available at which college.

  • WhatUni (link) – Very easy to filter and search for course to study. It also has lots of useful information for students. This is my favorite site.
  • TheStudentRoom (link) – UK’s largest online student community..
  • The Complete University Guide (link) – Has college rankings and so much more.

Use WhatUni website to enter the course you are interested in. You can rule out any school not listed on the approved FAFSA schools if you need a loan. From here you access the colleges website for more details.

First thing you will need to do is head over to the international section of the web page to perhaps get an idea of fees for international students to start off. You will notice that UK/EU student will be paying less than you will because the price of public education is fixed by the government. Nice for UK/EU members as no matter how prestigious the school it is the same price. As of 2018 UK student pay approx $12,000 for tuition. Additionally once the student starts college the tuition fee is fixed for 3 years. You will definitely want to contact the college to see if this is also the case for international students. How much higher international fees are depends on the school and some are still very affordable when you consider the cost of an out-of-state college in US.

My daughter’s yearly tuition for 2018 was £12,500 ($16,235) fixed for 3 years.

Scholarships for undergraduates are sparse in the UK, but postgraduate scholarships are more widely available from the government and private institutions. A helpful site is the British Council (link). It might also be work looking for scholarships from the US, but check if you can use it for an international school.

Sometimes the UK college will provide a scholarship which may be as simple as a tuition reduction if you pay a deposit or portion of your tuition before a certain date. Some have a scholarship just for attending. In our case if we pay half the tuition before May 31st we get £1,000 ($1,300) tuition reduction.

This brought my daughter’s tuition down to £11,500 ($14,937) per year, fixed for 3 years.

Look at the college website on how to pay tuition. I was able to pay her tuition fees using a credit card. Some colleges might add an extra 1-2% fee for the convenience for paying via credit card, but York St. John did not, so that was a bonus. Just make sure your card also does not charge a foreign transaction fee.

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