Students invited to Derby open evening

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Sixth form and college students across Derbyshire are being encouraged to make an educated decision about their future by coming along to an open evening at the University of Derby on March 13 aimed at clearing up confusion around the costs of higher education.

The free ‘Fees and Finance Information Event’ will take place at University’s Kedleston Road Site, on Tuesday March 13 from 6 - 7pm. It will provide young people and parents with the information they need to make sense of the new higher education tuition fees structure from September 2012, and the opportunity to ask experts questions about university courses and financing them, such as how and when tuition fees are repaid.

The event follows the news that tuition fees at English universities will rise from £3,290 per year to between £7,000 and £9,000 for students beginning degree courses in September. The University of Derby is one of the few universities charging tuition fees that reflect the true cost of the courses on offer, with annual fees on average under £7,495.

Liz Barnes, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “We take the increase in tuition fees very seriously and appreciate that the decision of whether, what and where to study a degree is harder to make than ever before.

“Having spoken to parents and young people we know that there’s still a lot of confusion out there, which is why we’re holding an event of this nature. It’s vital that people are properly informed and have all the facts before making a decision that will have a huge impact on their future.”

To book your free place at the ‘Fees and Finance Event’ visit website www.derby.ac.uk/parentsevening, call 01332 591088 or simply come along to the University of Derby on Kedleston Road, from 6 – 7pm on Tuesday March 13.

At the heart of the University of Derby is education excellence and an academic and support team committed to equipping students with the skills, work and life experience they’ll need to be a success once they graduate.

For further information on the University of Derby and the range of courses available, including undergraduate, postgraduate, online, part time and joint honours, visit www.derby.ac.uk call 01332 590 500 or email askadmissions@derby.ac.uk