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Dear forum members,
I am applying to university to study a degree in medicine in 2012 and because I have a BA and MA I am not eligble to apply for a student loan to cover my tuition fees. As you know most universities are now charging £9K a year (so it would cost me £36000 for a five-year medicine degree and £9000 for year one of a graduate degree, providing the NHS Still fund Year 5 of the five year degree and years 2-4 of the four-year graduate degree).
I am 31 years old and currently self-employed earning a fairly low wage and so medicine would become unattainable for me if I have to pay fees up front.
I have now been made aware that the NHS funding might be removed or reduced for the 5th year of 5-year degree programs and the 3 years of the 4-year programs.
I am panicking.
If this happens I can't study medicine and fulfil my ambition of becoming a doctor.
I am not alone. There are many graduates who have applied to start this September and have even been offered places, which now they are considering turning down because they can't afford to pay their fees up front.
The government said they wanted to widen access to professions such as medicine? They are not widening my access to medicine. They are cutting me out.
If you feel that this is unfair please respond to this post. Please make your views heard.
Please tell me:
1) Does not being able to get a tuition fee loan affect you?
2) What will happen to your plans if the NHS scrap the funding of tuition fees for the 5th year and years 2-4 of the graduate degree?
3) How does this make you feel?
4) What are your recommendations for the government?
5) WRITE TO OR EMAIL YOUR LOCAL MP TODAY!
We have been discussing this on New Media - see below link.
The BMA is putting a briefing together on the situation for graduates which will be sent out to a number of MPs.
If you would like to read this paper and feedback your views to the BMA's medical students Committee please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the paper when I receive it.