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The cost of a university education is going up and up. According to a recent article in The Economist student debt in the US has now reached $1.2tn, surpassing credit card debt and car loans. That’s not surprising when you consider that the average cost of a university education in the States is $36,564 per […]
The cost of higher education has been increasing around the world, and starting salaries after graduation aren’t keeping pace for students to pay back their loans. As noted in a CNBC article, “’If you look at the long-term trend, [college tuition] has been rising almost six percent above the rate of inflation,’ said Ray Franke, […]
A post popped up on my Facebook post – and that of millions of others – this week containing a letter from a hacked off graduate, Simon Crowther, to his MP complaining about the hike in his student loan rate after graduation. The post contained a statement detailing interest payments totalling £1,800 over the course […]
We all know that a private school education doesn’t come cheap but is it worth the money? Sending a child to private school in the UK for the duration of their education is now estimated to cost over a quarter of a million pounds, significantly more if the child boards. This represents a fourfold increase […]
Going to university in the UK has traditionally been viewed not only as a ticket to the best job prospects but also as a great opportunity for young people to make the transition from living in the family home to independent living via the buffer zone of university halls or digs. Historically, the vast majority […]
As a British citizen living abroad, I had assumed that should my children, who are British citizens even though they were born outside the UK, choose to attend a UK university, that they would pay the same fees as their cousins who were born in the UK and have always lived there. A little research […]
There is no denying the fact that a university education in the UK is costly. Tuition fees have been steadily rising since they were first introduced in 1998, reaching £9,000 a year under the current coalition government after the last hike in 2012 which controversially broke a key Lib Dem manifesto promise. Tuition fees don’t […]
The issue of funding higher education in the UK is something of a political hot potato. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been pilloried for the Lib Dems’ U-turn on university tuition fees – they failed to deliver on their pre-election pledge to abolish tuition fees, which have in fact increased under the Coalition government […]
A good understanding of the importance of saving and managing money at a young age can be key to your child leading a healthy financial life in adulthood. Lamentably, few nations give this the importance that it deserves and it is unusual for children to be taught key financial lessons at school, which leaves parents […]
Since the introduction of tuition fees for university courses in the UK in 1998, the cost of a university education has soared from a relatively innocuous £1,000 per year to an eye-watering average of £8,354 according to the National Union of Students. If we add to that the living expenses of the average student, which […]
Last week the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released its report on wealth in the UK for 2010-2012. If you are wondering whether the ever-increasing expense of a university education is worth it for your child, one statistic will be of particular interest to you. According to official figures, 20% of university graduates become millionaires. […]
A new study, carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and just published by the UK education charity, the Sutton Trust, reveals some extremely concerning facts about student debt. It estimates that three out of four students graduating from university will still owe around £30,000 in student loans when they reach their 50s. Furthermore, […]
In the current economic climate life is tough for university graduates who often face fierce competition for jobs as well as hefty student debts to pay off when they come out of university. The UK’s National Union of Students estimates that a university education costs £10,133 for each academic year, without taking into account living […]
It may not come as a huge surprise, but recent research carried out by the HSBC Group, confirmed that putting your children (or yourself) through university is an extremely expensive business. Moreover, with increased demand and a worldwide trend of governments reducing subsidies for university education, the cost is set to see further price rises […]
In the UK, the most recent application statistics from the Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS) show a 6.3% drop compared to the same time last year. The application deadline for the intake of students for the 2013/14 Academic Year is fast approaching and experts are predicting a marked fall in both applications and admissions. […]
Many parents are divided as to how to teach their children about the value of money. Yet it can come as a big shock to many just how acutely aware children are about money once they see how it affects their lives and the lives of people around them. Children see the differences in their […]
There is no denying that Hong Kong is, and has long been, an attractive destination for expats. Many thousands of people have come to call it home, revelling in its urban beauty. Hong Kong expats feel safe and secure in a community which prides itself in its low crime rate and dynamic environment. In the […]
The total amount of outstanding student debt in the US has passed one trillion dollars. The enormity of the sum is mind boggling; equal to over 6.5% of America’s GDP. The figure was confirmed in the annual report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Student Loan Ombudsmen, which also revealed some major problems around the […]
Last week, in the second of our weekly posts on a “lifetime of financial planning”, we discussed the importance of instilling the idea of financial planning in children. There is no denying that children who learn how to plan their finances and save money responsibly have a far greater chance of avoiding financial trouble in […]
Is the ever rising cost of higher education harming the retirement savings of parents? The evidence from the US in particular, suggests that helping children through college is having a detrimental effect. Last month, The National Center for Policy Analysis in the US released a study based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. […]
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