26 July 2012
Aston University’s extensive programme of fees, scholarships and outreach activities has been approved for 2013-14 academic year entry by OFFA, the Office for Fair Access.
The tuition fee for prospective students for 2013-14 academic year entry will remain at £9,000, the same as for current 2012-13 academic entry. This will allow the University to continue developing its placement years; invest in the teaching and student experience and ensure that every Aston undergraduate has the opportunity to develop global citizenship skills.
As part of its agreement with OFFA (Office for Fair Access), Aston will continue making a strong commitment to social mobility for UK/EU students planning to join the University for this academic year and for 2013-14 entry. Aston has developed scholarship programmes to support students from households with incomes of less than £42,000. The largest scholarships are available to students whose household income is less than £14,500 for 2013-14 academic entry.
We estimate that over 65% of current 2012-2013 entry Aston students will receive scholarships to reduce the £9,000 tuition fee.
Aston University is known for its outstanding record for graduate employment success. Consistently over 50% of Aston students take a placement year something Aston has been pioneering for over 50 years. The Sunday Times University Guide 2012 ranks Aston 5th out of all UK Universities and 1st outside London for graduate level employability.
The majority of new students entering Aston in the 2013-14 academic year (and for 2012 entry) will receive Aston scholarships to reduce the tuition fee for their placement year to zero, with a maximum fee of £1,000 for those liable to pay a fee. This is designed to allow as many students as possible to gain valuable work experience and improve their skills, networks and job prospects. Most of Aston students are also paid a salary for their placement year.
New students (2012-13 and 2013-14 academic year entry) will also be able to access innovative entrepreneurship programmes and gain the opportunity to learn a modern foreign language for free. The Aston Languages for All Programme is already up and running for 2012 entry with many hundreds of future Aston students signed up to learnFrench, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and Portuguese – the key global languages.
The Aston access agreement also outlines its plans for Outreach activities for prospective students across the region and beyond. Between June 2011 and June 2012 over 24,000 school and college students, their parents and teachers visited the Aston University campus to take part in activities to raise aspirations, attainment and awareness related to a University experience.
Aston University is still welcoming applications for 2012 entry via UCAS for students with good grades at A level or equivalent. Our 2012 entry scholarships will still be available to those students applying to Aston this year via UCAS Clearing or Adjustment. These include Aston Excellence Scholarships worth £4,000 over four years to any student who achieves AAB or higher at A level or equivalent.
For further information see the 2012 Fees FAQs and our 2012 entry courses and contacts
For further media information please contact Alex Earnshaw, Aston University Communications, on 0121 204 4549 or firstname.lastname@example.org