Yep, another one. We know, it’s rubbish, but…
Deadline alert. If you’re planning to go to uni this Autumn, aren’t a secret millionaire, and you want to be able to pay your fee/have money to live on:
Remember to apply for your student loan by the end of May. This is the cut off for guaranteed loans by the time your course starts in the Autumn, so jump on it.
You don’t need a confirmed place at university or college to apply, just use your preferred choice and update it online if it changes.
If you miss the deadline you might find yourself starting uni with only the change from down the back of the sofa so here's your reminder now.
It’s not the end of the world, you can apply up to 6 months after the start of your course, but this means you won’t have the funding sorted up front for when you start, and won’t have much to live off.
Not got a place yet? If none of your unis offered you a place or you played hard to get and turned down all their advances, then you might still find something through UCAS Extra.
The idea is that you can apply to courses that still have spaces even if they weren't one of your first choices. Rather than doing a whole new application, you just pick unis to apply to one at a time.
Only when you get their response can you decide whether to keep looking and apply for another instead. If you're eligible for UCAS Extra it will tell you when you log into Track.
If uni’s not the route for you, then we’re sorry you had to read through all that. Uni rant over. No need to worry about student loans or funding deadlines, but now is a great time to start cementing a plan for the next few months.
Your options are wide open. Now’s a great time to focus on you and what’s best to spend your time on.
Be that travelling, working, volunteering, further study or getting yourself into an apprenticeship scheme, Push is here to help. Have a look on our website for ideas on where to head next.
The world is your oyster! Just because uni’s not for you, don’t count yourself out.
Still no idea what to do with yourself? Helpfully, we’ve got a whole section on that, too.
LUCY HARDING is the Editorial manager for Push. She is an English Literature grad and an MA Publishing student at UCL. She is passionate about international relations and cultural diversity, having worked closely with her university’s Erasmus society to support European students. She also spent a year abroad studying at California State University: Long Beach
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