Oxford Brookes joins national day to fight confusion over tuition fees

Thursday, 10 November 2011


Oxford Brookes is providing an innovative and interactive online opportunity for students to learn more about changes to university fees on Monday 14 November.

Oxford Brookes is providing an innovative and interactive online opportunity for students to learn more about changes to university fees on Monday.

This forms part of Student Finance Day (14 November), which is the first national day of its kind aimed at ensuring people realise that anyone can afford to university if they want to, despite changes to the fees arrangements.

The Oxford Brookes website - www.brookes.ac.uk - will be hosting two live webinars at 6.30pm and 7.30pm and will include Q&A opportunities. For anyone with questions specific to their personal circumstances and who would rather talk directly to a member of Brookes' finance team, live chat will also be available online between 6pm and 9pm on the day.

Through these events, students and parents will gain a better understanding of the fact that you do not pay for tuition upfront, repayments do not start until you earn over £21,000 and grants, bursaries and community scholarships are available to eligible students studying at Brookes.

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, said: 'We recognise that many students and parents will have questions relating to the changes to fees for those attending university from 2012. Student Finance Day is an excellent opportunity for us to continue our engagement and help to ensure students and parents understand that if you want to go to university you can.'

Professor Beer continued: 'Oxford Brookes has for a long time prided itself on its commitment to making higher education available to people based on ability rather than finance. This is a chance to let people know what financial help is available and how they can take advantage of it.'

Martin Lewis, head of the Independent Taskforce on Student Finance Information, said: 'We have a near national crisis with the perception of student loan 2012 debt in England. Prospective students are making their decision based on headline fee levels rather than how much it's actually likely to cost them. Many students, especially from lower income families are unnecessarily being put off. We need ensure they understand how it really works so they can make an informed decision.

In the run up to Student Finance Day, staff and students from Brookes went out in a BrookesBus to raise awareness of the new fees arrangements. On Monday 7 November, the BrookesBus visited students at Bartholomew School, Marlborough School and Oxford Academy - pictures from the day are available to view on Brookes' Flickr account.