Is university the right choice?
Staying supportive, but letting them lead – as the parent or carer of a teenager applying to university, it’s a fine line. This guide will help you to help them. It’s based on the questions we’re most commonly asked at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). We’ll take you through the full journey – from their Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application, to their first weeks as a student.
This guide will help you to help them – it’s based on the questions we’re most commonly asked at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). We’ll take you through the full journey – from their Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application, to their first weeks as a student. With over 43,000 courses to choose from, and more than 300 institutions, picking a university can be a daunting prospect. You’ll need to make sure they’re asking the right questions – about courses, about universities, and about themselves.
In NTU’s parents and carers’ guide, you’ll find information on:
- the value of higher education, plus advice on tuition fees and student finance
- the UCAS application process
- how to support your son or daughter on A-level results day
- how to prepare them for life at university
Why university – why NTU?
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
We build people, and not just academics – at NTU, our degrees are more than qualifications. Our graduates know who they are, and what they want. So if your son or daughter has a passion, we’ll nurture it – with our help, they can build a life around the things they love.
Wondering if university’s their right choice? Consider that:
- today, a wide range of skilled professions require a degree as standard.
- on average, graduates earn an extra £12,000 per year – that’s £500,000, across their careers.
- university is a life-changing experience. Your son or daughter will be living and working with people from across the globe – from the first day here, their world gets bigger.
- Jobs aren’t for life anymore. They’ll want to move on, and up, and a degree from NTU will give them the transferrable skills to do just that – as confident communicators, innovative thinkers, and inspirational leaders, with a proven ability to learn and grow.
- At NTU, they’ll learn beyond the classroom. We’re a university where theory meets practice. We’re hands-on, and our students learn by doing – from work placements, to volunteering schemes, to self-employment enterprises. As your son or daughter puts their skills to the test, we’ll help them to dream bigger, and further.
Paying for university – facts and fiction
My son or daughter can’t afford to go to university
To help them with this, there’s a number of financial incentives on offer. All full-time students are entitled to a tuition fee loan, which covers the full cost of their studies. They can also apply for a maintenance loan, and this means-tested award will support their living costs.
For more information, visit the Student Loans Company's website.
They’ll leave loaded with debt…
The cost and the price of higher education are two different things. What your son or daughter pays back will depend solely on what they’re earning, after university.
Tuition fee and maintenance loans are more a tax, than a debt – repayments are deducted from your son or daughter’s salary, but only once they’re earning over £21,000 per year.
Those who get more will pay more back. Equally, if your son or daughter’s earning a lower wage, their repayments will reflect this. At present, the monthly repayments for an annual salary of £25,000 are only £30. On a salary of £50,000, it’s £218.
If their university experience hasn’t been worth it, they won’t pay for it – with repayments linked directly to salary, higher education really is a no-risk investment.
… and it could ruin their credit rating
An outstanding tuition fee debt won’t affect your son or daughter’s rating, as student loans don’t appear on credit files.
Your son or daughter’s loans aren’t repayable until they’re earning over £21,000 per year.