Myth Buster - Aimhigher West Midlands

There are a number of myths that you may hear about university, some could even have the potential to put you off applying to university altogether. You might believe that you don’t need to start thinking about university until sixth form or college however we would argue that this is not the case. It’s never too early to start thinking about and planning for your future. See if you can guess which statements listed below are TRUE or FALSE.

Myth Buster

"You need to be rich to go to University"

TRUE?
FALSE?

The answer was false.

While there are tuition fee costs while attending university, there is support available. There are tuition fee loans available to pay your course fees and a maintenance loan to help you with your living costs (such as rent, food and travel). See our student finance graph to work out how much financial support you could be entitled to.

Student Finance

"I will end up with loads of debt"

TRUE?
FALSE?

The answer was false.

For any first time graduates, you must be earning a yearly salary of over £27,295 before you need to start paying back your loan. You would pay back 9% if you earn anything over this amount. If your earnings fall below £27,295, the repayments stop. Currently, after 30 years, any outstanding debt is written off and will never be passed to anyone else. See our student repayment graph to work out how the repayments work.

Student Finance

"I can get a job without a degree"

TRUE?
FALSE?

The answer was true.

It is possible to get a job without a degree. However, it has been predicted that by the year 2022 half of all jobs will require a higher education qualification. University degrees can excel your career and can sometimes mean you can enter the job market at a higher level than others who don’t have a degree. This could mean a higher wage straight after graduating!

"University is like school"

TRUE?
FALSE?

The answer was false.

Higher education is completely different to school! You will be studying a subject that you are interested in and have a lot more independence than at school. Timetabling is also completely different at university – you will find yourself with a lot more free time on your hands. This means you could get a part time job, or take up a new hobby with a university society. University is a new chapter in your life and gives you the opportunity to take charge of your own learning.

"I will find university too challenging"

TRUE?
FALSE?

The answer was false.

There are lots of higher education options available to suit different learning styles. You can choose purely academic study involving lectures and examinations, a mixture involving classroom based learning alongside practical learning, or learning through work with observations and portfolios forming the assessment.

"I can’t earn money at university"

TRUE?
FALSE?

The answer was false.

There are many ways you can earn money whilst you are at university. You could work a part-time job alongside your studies or work directly for the university helping out at university open days. If you are studying and degree apprenticeship, you’ll be paid a wage whilst you complete this.

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