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Student finance

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box Live
Wednesday, 4 May 2011 at 1502 BST on Radio 4 and Online

New students, starting courses in the autumn should apply now if they want their finance in place at the start of term.

Undergraduates who started university last year could owe over £23,200 by the time they leave, according to student website PUSH.

Future students will face even higher costs, as the majority of universities in England have submitted plans to the Office for Fair Access (Offa), to raise tuition fees to £9,000 from 2012.

To help meet these costs, students can apply for a range of tuition and maintenance loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships. But help will vary depending on the choice of course, place of study and individual financial circumstances.

If you need advice about paying for your education, our team of student money advisers will be here to help.

What will it cost to be a student?

How will the course tuition fees be paid?

Who is entitled to a maintenance loan or grant?

When should you apply?

What interest rate is charged on student loans?

Where can you find information about scholarships and bursaries?

Vincent Duggleby was joined by:

Miriam Craven, Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

David Malcolm, National Union of Students.

Elaine Robinson, Student Advice, Cardiff University.

Presenter: Vincent Duggleby
Producer: Diane Richardson

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