She's been advised by college to apply to several so she has the chance of more offers. And so the process began.
She definitely wants to move away from Greater Manchester so already some have been written off by her determination to do this.
Then there's the question of courses. I assumed they would all offer the 'basic' English, Maths, Sciences, but I was wrong, so a few more have been crossed off the list.
Distance is a factor - she wants to move away but not to the other end of the country, so everything south of Bristol and north of Cumbria has been eliminated.
Then you get into the realms of grades. The top ones require 3 A's regardless of what you want to study, while lower down the ranks, grades of ABB, BBB or BBC are accepted. She's a predicted A student in English Lit and Creative Writing but teeters on the A/B in psychology leaning more towards the B, so to save herself the stress and worry a few more have had a cross put against them.
According to UniRank there are 152 universities in the UK. After we've taken everything into account I think Amy is now looking at around 6 of them!
If I understand correctly it will cost around £9,250 per year for 3 years and she should get a student loan to cover this. I've no idea what this actually pays for as I haven't delved that far yet but I sincerely hope some of it is accommodation!
According to the information I've read the loan is only paid back when you've graduated and are earning £21,000 per annum. A £21k wage would mean you pay back £26 per month. If you've not paid back the loan after 30 years it's written off.
I didn't go to university, circumstances led me down a different route, but I suppose I'm very old school about them. I basically tend to think the degree needs to be worth getting into debt for. Otherwise I strongly veer towards apprenticeships and think there should be more of these on offer.
I don't want to get into whether university should be free or not, but I would just say I'm grateful education is gratis for all our children up to the age of 18. At the moment we find ourselves in a 'not free' era where uni is concerned but when paying it back gets broken down, it doesn't actually seem that bad.
Yes, it would be a lot better not to have to pay back any loan but if it's enabled you to get a decent job that pays well then surely it's worth it.
I know a few people from abroad read my blog and I'd be interested to see how our costs at degree level compares and whether you think yours and ours is value for money or not.
If anybody has or has had a child in Uni where they've had to pay fees, I'd be really interested to hear whether you think it was worth it or not and also any other basic information you might be able to help with, such as hidden costs.
Amy, the possible uni one, who really prefers to do an apprenticeship but doesn't know
how she could do this as she wants to study English Literature.