Many parents and guardians worry about the cost of higher education and are unsure as to what support is available for students.
This page aims to address some of the confliciting information available and provide you with guidance on how to access further independent information.
Higher education offers students the chance to develop and exploit the talents, intellect and knowledge they acquired at school or college as well as the transferable skills that employers want - problem solving, team working, communication and presentation.
Higher education provides the opportunity to make new friends, to live independently and to experience a whole range of new challenges and opportunities. Research shows that:
Recent evidence suggests that Edinburgh's graduates are highly sought after, making Edinburgh an attractive proposition for prospective students.
Whether or not a student has to pay fees, and how much, depends on a number of factors, and the position differs for students from different parts of the UK, or from within or outside the EU.
For details please see fees and finance.
The main costs incurred by students are accommodation, living costs, social life and in some cases transport.
It is not possible for us to say exactly how much a student will need to live on as this depends very much on their lifestyle, and will vary significantly from student to student.
See our useful estimates of typical living costs for more information.
This article was published on Jul 9, 2012