Student News Update: April 2018

One of our favourite viral news stories of the month so far was the story of Micheal Brown, an American high school student from a low income family who got into all 20 of the top-ranking colleges he applied to, and was offered $260,000 in scholarship funding. 17-year-old Micheal is a great example of how driven Generation Z are to make a better life for themselves and achieve their dreams, with education being a vital part of their plans.

Speaking of application season, UCAS have released their figures for autumn 2018 university applications, and there are lots of interesting stats to share. The percentage of English 18-year-olds who had made applications by March 2018 was higher than ever, growing by 0.3% year-on-year. In total, 230,320 18-year-olds are hoping to begin their undergraduate studies later this year. There are also a record number of international students applying to study at UK universities - 46,040 from the EU and 65,440 from other overseas countries.

There was good news this week for current students, and those who graduated in 2012 or later. The threshold of how much they need to earn per year before they begin paying back their student loan has increased from £21,000 to £25,000. This means young graduates will have more disposable income and less anxiety about paying off their loan before they’re in a more stable financial situation after university.

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