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Tips for Parents With Children in Further Education

| October 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

When your child is considering whether or not to go into further education, you are bound to want some answers to a range of questions, especially if you have little or no experience of it yourself.

What are the Benefits?

Further education gives your child the opportunity to develop new skills, prepare for a professional career, make new friends and enjoy a rounded social and sporting life. Studying at a further education institution will also help your child to develop their own feeling of independence, with caring pastoral support from experienced advisers and counsellors. A degree can help open the door to well-paid employment with the potential for earning more on average than someone without qualifications.

Is it Right for my Child?

In the end, the only person who can decide is your child, but they will have the benefit of your advice and specialist knowledge from career advisers at school or college. There are many different routes into further education, and though A Levels are still considered to be the traditional way to enter university, they are only one of many other qualifications that may be accepted.

How can we Afford It?

There are several options now available for students to pay for fees and living expenses while studying. You can help towards your child’s education costs yourself if you can, but if that’s difficult, or not possible, all eligible students are entitled to a student loan. The loan does not have to be paid back until the student is earning a certain amount of money per year in their job, however, interest will be charged on the loan once its been taken out. Other possibilities include grants, which do not have to be paid back but are means tested, so your income and outgoings will be taken into account. There are also bursaries and scholarships that can help, if your child is eligible to apply for them.

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