Young Academic can today reveal that University of Essex Online only has two more intakes available for students to start an online degree before the rise in tuition fees. If prospective students begin their course before the end of July 2012 they will pay the current, lower tuition fees for the duration of their degree.
Currently, prospective students may be entitled to a means-tested, non-repayable government grant to help pay for the cost of a part-time online course. With only two intakes remaining in July, students have just weeks to take advantage of the current financial assistance available and the lower tuition fees.
From September, the government is changing the way it funds higher education and universities are increasing their tuition fees for undergraduate courses.
There will also be changes to the financial support available to students, including the replacement of government grants for part-time students with tuition fee loans.
Dan Roe, Head of Remote Learning for University of Essex Online, said: “There has never been a better time for students to start studying for a degree online and we expect to see a surge of applicants over the next few weeks. We’re encouraging students to apply now to take advantage of the current lower fees and grants available.”
University of Essex Online degrees are delivered by online higher education provider Kaplan Open Learning. Courses are delivered entirely online via a unique virtual learning environment which allows students to listen to and watch online lectures and take part in live question and answer sessions over the internet.