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Posted: 17/11/11

Specialist advice on university-level learning

People considering university-level study can learn more about the options available by attending an event at Vision West Notts.

The college is holding an information evening on Tuesday 29 November for people thinking about progressing to higher education (HE), either at a university or college.

Running from 6-8pm in the Vision Room at the college’s Derby Road campus, it is aimed at providing would-be students and their parents with impartial advice including information on course fees and student loans.

In addition to presentations by representatives of Vision West Notts, Nottingham Trent University and Student Finance England, there will be information stands by several local universities who will have experts on hand to answer questions.

The event is open to anybody thinking about studying a university-level course, which includes foundation and full honours degrees, HNCs and HNDs.

The college, which runs 22 university-level courses, decided to stage it in response to the Government’s decision to raise the cap on HE tuition fees – which has left many people uncertain about what to do next.

From September 2012 students will be expected to contribute more to the cost of their studies as part of a radical shake-up of HE funding and student finance.

Rather than provide funding directly to universities and colleges, the government will instead provide loans to HE students, who will then pay fees to the institutions they have chosen to study at.

Eleanor Taylor, the college’s head of higher education, said:  “Choosing to progress to higher education is one of the biggest decisions a person will ever make.  However, we recognise many people are concerned about the tuition fee increases due to come into effect, even though these fees aren’t paid up front.

“We’re really keen to ensure people know about the financial support available including non-payable grants.  Above all, we want to provide students and parents with impartial advice so they can make an informed decision about their future.”

Spaces are limited and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.  People wishing to attend should book their place by contacting Daniel Wilson on 01623 627191 ext. 8092 by Monday 28 November.