Is it possible?
I am not that sympathetic to be honest grants were to encourate a level playing field so people rom all backgrounds could go to University if they had the academic ability but you still had to be in the top 5-10% to qualify now its 50% the country can not reasonably be expected to pay for all those students - the question of fees level is up to the Unis now but of course they are going to try and cover the funding gap created when their funding gets cut
I have always suspected that the increase in numbers was a trick to try and reduce the dole cue whilst making the student pay. I also suspect that it cheaper than the old apprenticeship schemes which developed good vocatrionally qualified individual for their chosen profession but maybe were not so good at taking exams
FerrousFerret wrote (see)
I don't think you can get (with some exceptions) funding for second degree. I think this covers both the fee that the LEA would pay to the university and your eligability for any student loans.
If you have a degree already you are not eligible for a tuition fee loan or a maintainence loan. The University can also charge you the full cost of the course. So the amount the student pays (either via their loan or direct) plus the amount the Higher Education Funding Council pays direct to the University, currently a total of £5,800.00 per year. Universities are already charging this to students who don't qualify for funding.
There are two exceptions I know of - Architecture and Social Work.
However there is not currently a national register of awarded degrees, so if you took you degree prior to the formation of the Student Loans Company (1992/93 Academic year I think) and fail to mention your degree on your application form you may get away with it.
You could if caught be prosecuted for theft as you would have gained a pecuniary advantage by deception ( Theft Act 68) - although I am not aware of anyone being prosecuted to date - the SLC normally ask for full payment of any funds gained immediately.
I've already got a degree, but have got funding for my second - if the second degree leads to a professional qualification (they have a list), then you may still be entitled to finance.
So assuming you want to be a doctor/vet/architect/etc. you can go back to uni and be funded for it. I suppose part of the idea behind that being the starting salary will mean you have to start paying back straight away
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