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Student Finance Day: fighting confusion over tuition fees

Posted 14 November 2011

Harper Adams University College is pleased to support the national campaign dedicated to explaining the changes to student finance in England.

Today is Student Finance Day, which is headed by consumer campaigner Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert.com.  In support of this event, Harper Adams has created a dedicated web page to help ensure prospective students, their parents, teachers and the media all understand the implications of the new student finance system in England from 2012.

Student Finance Day is the first national day of its kind and aims to ensure people understand how the new student finance package works before they make a decision as to whether they can afford to go to university. 

A Harper Adams spokesman said: “Student Finance Day is an excellent opportunity to get the message across to students and parents that if you want to go to university you can. It's a great way of letting people know what financial help out there 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. 

We want to help with the great work I know is already happening in many schools to try and explain what the changes will mean and how they’ll work.   As part of this we’ve picked a day to try and focus the attention, and that will see schools, colleges, universities and money advisors all work together to make things happen."

Student Finance Day is being coordinated by the Independent Taskforce on Student Finance Information, chaired by Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert.com, alongside the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA) and the Higher Education Liaison Officers Association (HELOA).

For more information on Student Finance Day visit www.studentfinance2012.com 

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