Financing University Costs
In December 2011 MPs permitted Universities to raise undergraduate fees from £3,350 to £6,000, and up to £9,000 in “exceptional circumstances” such as Oxford and Cambridge. Financing a child’s higher education pathway has therefore potentially become significantly more difficult for a large percentage of those entering University this year and beyond.
Junior Individual Savings Accounts (JISAs) were introduced in November 2011 as a means to establish an
Depending on the type of ISA chosen, they can either provide instant access funds or a longer term
It is calculated that three years of University schooling plus living expenses will run up to about £50,000 in the current environment. This cost is projected to increase steadily throughout the coming decade.
Trusts exist with a variety of risk levels which allow investors to select on the basis of financial risk exposure versus return potential.
The level of risk accepted by an investor should depend upon factors such as the value of the initial
As independent journalist Malcolm Anderson states for example;
A trust might hold 30% of assets as cash, 30% as reliable bonds and 40% in diverse equities guaranteeing a stable return that is not overly subject to the volatility of the stock market.
However, a portfolio of up to 80% diverse equities may make better financial sense as the opportunity to earn greater dividends is increased but if the stock market takes a downturn the investor will still have cash on hand to recoup losses.
Grant &Scholarship Applications
Children from a range of backgrounds are entitled to having some, or even all, of their University expenses covered with a grant or scholarship if in need of financial assistance. For example, government-funded maintenance grants are available for full-time students from families earning less than £42,600 as their annual income. Grants and scholarships are also available from the Government, the Universities themselves, and even private parties for students who have specific career aspirations or extra-curricular interests, as well as those from certain family backgrounds with academic, artistic or sporting merit.
Flexible Payment Options
University fees have traditionally been paid per term. However, due to the aforementioned increase in University costs, many higher education institutions now offer monthly payment plans through third parties in order to reduce the financial burden. Banks facilitating these plans can charge a certain small percentage for providing the service but other private loan options are available and so, with professional advice, a sound plan can be implemented.
Many Universities are also offering monthly payment schemes in order to increase the range of options available.
The demands of financing higher education are challenging in the current financial and political climate. However there are a range of
Please do remember, the eligibility to invest in an ISA or similar will depend on your individual circumstances, and all tax rules may change in the future.
Source by Andrew Jenks