Post-Graduate Funding 2012
If you’re planning to stay on at university after graduating you will need to look into the different forms of post graduate funding that are available out there – that is unless you can afford to pay any fees out of your own pocket. Certain courses may come with funding included, whilst bursaries may be offered to other post graduate students studying on specific courses. Remember that post graduate places and funding options are very competitive because a large number of students tend to apply for them.
Bursaries and funding from the NHS
A lot of students who are studying things like medicine or dentistry are eligible for special bursaries and grants from the NHS. Those studying social work may also be able to obtain a bursary or grant from the NHS in order to help fund their post grad studies.
Contact your university
If all else fails and you can’t find any way of funding your time as a post graduate, you may well want to pick up the phone and give your university a call. The fact is that a lot of universities don’t openly publicize the fact that they offer bursaries or grants to those wishing to stay on to study post graduation. You may well be surprised to hear that your university do offer various funding options, but you’ll never know for sure unless you pick up the phone and call them.
Contact your local authority
Local authorities and councils sometimes offer funding and grants for students wishing to study specific post grad courses. Not all courses are eligible for this funding, but some are. If you’re unsure as to whether or not your local authority can help fund your post grad studies, you need to pick up the phone and ask them!
How to afford studying post grad without funding
If there are no options out there that allow for you to receive a grant or bursary, you may well have to look into the alternatives. If your family is keen to see you excel in university as a post grad they may well be willing to stump up the cash needed to pay for your studies, and your day to day living. This isn’t possible for everyone though, and you may well need to look into working part time in order to fund your studies.
A lot of post graduate students opt to study part time so that they can fit in ample hours of work around their university life. This means that enough money is coming in for the student to live comfortably, and to be able to afford the post graduate course fees. Of course the completion of the course takes longer when studying part time, but often this is the only viable solution for students.
Post graduate funding can certainly cause a bit of a headache, but if you’re serious about furthering your education and studies in a specific field you’ll find that the saying “where there’s a will there’s a way” comes into play. You may not be able to find the funding that you need at first, but don’t give up straight away. Finding funding is a lot harder than it is for under graduate students – but it is still possible.
If you exhaust all possibilities then you’ve always got the option of working in order to fund your studies. It’s not ideal, but it can be done and lots of post graduate students out there have to do this in order to subsidize their studies.