Overall full-time applicant numbers were 31, lower in than in The numbers of English university applicants aged 20 or older, for full-time courses, has fallen fromto , a reduction of 18, or The fall has been greater among those aged 25 and over, where there has been a drop of
If you want to go to university in your later years but worry about the cost, read our guide to financial support and loans available to mature students. Many people contemplate going to university in their later years, but are often held back from doing so due to concerns about the cost. Being a student can be very expensive these days, and many graduates finish their courses in a lot of debt.
You can get a loan for tuition fees. For more information, see:. However, to apply for a Student Loan for living costs you must either be under 50 years old when your course starts, or aged between 50 and 54 when your course starts and plan to return to employment after completing the course.
Mature students are a significant part of the UK university landscape with overmature students applying for entry in Despite this, it can often feel like universities are primarily concerned with appealing to 18 to year olds. Our guide, written in collaboration with the University of East Londonwill walk you through the process of going to university as a mature student, from deciding on whether to apply to getting financial support, with insights from a recent mature student graduate.
We welcome students returning to Higher Education after doing something else in life or who have had a change in personal circumstances before returning to studying. Higher Education can boost career prospects and earning potential, as well as provide an opportunity to gain subject expertise and transferable skills to take into the world of work. Perhaps you want to enter a profession where having a degree is mandatory, like teaching or nursing.
The collapse in part-time and mature students studying at universities in England threatens social mobility and economic performance and must be urgently addressed, according to a report into the effect of raising tuition fees. Will Hutton, the chair of the commission and principal of Hertford College, Oxford, said that while a greater proportion of disadvantaged students were going to university under the new funding regime, he was concerned about the sharp fall in mature and part-time students. Peter Horrocks, vice chancellor of the Open University, has argued the government should allow graduates to take out student loans to study for a second undergraduate degree, to help address the decline that has hit the OU particularly hard.
A mature student is a person over 23 years of age on the 1st January in the year of application. There is no upper age limit. To be considered as a mature student you must also be an EU applicant.
Oxford is looking for the candidates with the most academic potential, irrespective of their age or background. Just like everyone else who applies, mature students need to demonstrate academic ability and commitment to study. As well as using the information below, you can read more about what it is like to be a mature student here on our current students' website. Mature students are very welcome to attend our main University open days for prospective undergraduate students.