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Half of new students to get help with undergraduate fees

03/10/2005 14:10:42

Lancaster University has received Offa approval for its fees and support schemes which will be introduced next October.

The University will introduce a fee of £3k for all of its courses but it expects half of new UK students will receive financial assistance from one or more of the three support schemes in a £1 million investment by the University in its students.

In addition, to the fees package, the University has also allocated another £250k for additional widening participation and outreach activities and is investing up to 100k in extending library and computing services for students by creating additional student jobs on campus.

Under the new scheme beginning in October 2006, some students may qualify for more than one award and would be eligible for up to £8,000 of support during a 4 year degree.

In an effort to address the national problem of low applications to some subjects, new UK and EU students studying science, technology and modern languages are being offered £1000 Subject Awards.

In other subjects Scholarships of £1000 will also be offered to high achieving UK students, which are designed to widen participation and reward hard work at school.

Students will receive up to £1,000 per year of study if their family income falls below a given level.

Unlike schemes at some other universities, the awards will be paid directly into the students’ bank accounts, allowing them to choose how to spend the money. They could use the money to minimise borrowing or as extra help towards living costs

Lancaster’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings said: “ We have set aside over £1 million to directly assist students in a package designed to widen participation and reward hard work. This is a very simple scheme which pays cash directly to students, giving them the choice of how best to use it.”

The new Prospectus for 2006 entry now out.