Published: 23 January 2017

Will you help someone to have a great education?

With your support, we can make sure bright young minds can study at Surrey, regardless of their background.

Think back to your student days. Having a picnic by the lake on a summer’s evening, studying furiously for exams, celebrating a friend’s birthday in the Students’ Union. I’m sure you’ll agree that some of our happiest memories are from our time at University. But with rising tuition fees and the cost of living in Guildford being so high, going to University is a financial burden compared to the past.

Imagine if you weren’t able to go to university because you couldn’t afford it. 

At Surrey we give scholarships to students from low-income backgrounds. And we are open to anyone who have the talent to study here, regardless of their financial situation. Getting a scholarship can make the difference between a student taking their place at Surrey, or stopping their education at 18.

Chloe Proctor who studied for a BSc in Biological Sciences received a scholarship.  ‘My mother raised me and my three sisters by herself and finances have always been tight. I am the first member of my family to attend University and it was difficult for me to persuade my family of the value of attending. The scholarship has allowed me to come to University.’

Sophie Gwilliam is living proof of the impact getting a scholarship can have. She was the first recipient of the Jim O’Neill Scholarship, and has now embarked on a career with a global financial services provider.

‘Getting a scholarship gave me the opportunity to aim high both at university and in my career, regardless of my background and I believe I have been able to fulfil my potential.’

With your help, more students like Sophie and Chloe can take their place at Surrey. Make your gift today and help someone have a great Surrey education.

How Universities have changed

1950s Education is free and open to all who meet academic entry requirements.

1962 Maintenance grants are introduced to cover fees and living costs.

1998 Students contribute towards their tuition fees with student loans, which for the first time must be repaid.

2006 Tuition fees are trebled to £3,000 a year.

2010 Tuition fees are trebled again, to £9,000 a year, covering half the £18,000 cost of educating an undergraduate student.

Many students leave University with a debt of £38,000. In time, student loan repayments will cost each graduate as much as a second mortgage.




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