After receiving offers for a postgraduate course at the University of Exeter, students joy soon turned to disappointment after they were told they’d have to pay £1000 up front- otherwise their place would be lost.
Existing students at the University are guaranteed to receive a decision on their postgraduate application within five days of applying.
One current third year student at Exeter, who received her offer of a postgraduate place last week, told Exeposé:
“I scrolled down the email and realised I had to pay £1000 by February which, whilst I understand they want to confi rm the place, I never had to do this for undergraduate study. I have no means of magicing up this money.
‘If I didn’t work part time and have family support, I wouldn’t be able to take up my place, I wouldn’t know what to do.”
In the email, seen by Exeposé, there is no reference to support for students who might struggle to raise the deposit, or links to alternative sources of funding. However, a current postgraduate student informed Exeposé they were informed that if a student provides evidence that they applied for Student Finance, then the deposit is reduced to £500- but there is no mention of this in the correspondence received by students.
Postgraduate student Marcel, who had to pay the deposit last year, told Exeposé:
“It’s really unfair to ask students to pay such large sums of money to hold their place. Especially when student loans for Masters students are so small it can be difficult for a lot of people.”
In response to student’s concerns, a University of Exeter spokesperson said the information provided was “not as clear as it should have been.”
“We would like to apologise for the fact that applicants have been confused and concerned by the information they have received.”
“We ask all applicants to pay a deposit in order to secure their place on a full-time Postgraduate Taught programme.
Where applicants are applying for a postgraduate loan we will extend for a postgraduate loan we will extend the deposit deadline to 31 July 2017 and reduce the deposit amount to £250.
In other circumstances where students need the deadline to be extended we accommodate these requests where possible.”