Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are the degree programmes only 22 weeks each year?
- All our degrees are 30 week programmes, of which 22 weeks are spent at TGC (11 weeks in UK and 11 weeks in Portugal). The other 8 weeks are spent "in industry." This allows our students to be free to either play golf in all the major amateur competitions during the European golf season, or to gain industry experience working in golf facilities during the season. Another benefit is that TGC uses the best golf courses and facilities to deliver the best programmes for our students. These facilities are expensive, so reducing the number of weeks on site allows us to keep costs to a minimum.
Q: Do I qualify for student and maintenance loans?
- All UK students who are 18 or older at the start of university term in September qualify for student and maintenance loans provided this is their first HE qualification.
- Currently, all EU countries operate a similar scheme that allows their citizens to study for an HE qualification in the UK.
Q: How much can I borrow?
- The amount that can be borrowed changes with government legislation and part of it is also means tested against family income. As at 1/4/19 these are the amounts.
Student Loan - £9,250 per annum (this pays the course fee for all TGC degrees)
Maintenance Loan - means tested against family income but up to £8,700 per annum (for food, accommodation, travel etc)
- There is an excellent guide to this difficult subject written by Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert - https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/student-loans-tuition-fees-changes/
Q: How do I apply for student and maintenance loans?
- UK students should apply through the Student Loans Company - https://www.slc.co.uk/
- TGC has produced a guide to student finance, which can be downloaded “Coming Soon ”
Q: How do I pay back my student loan?
- If you are a UK student the government rules are as follows (as at 1/4/19)
Once you leave university you only repay when you are earning above £25,575 a year, and then 9% of everything you earn ABOVE that.
So, if you were to earn £26,000 in a year you would repay £1,000 x 9% which is £42.75 for that year.
If you were to earn £35,000 in a year you would repay £9,425 x 9% which is £758.25 for that year
This happens for 30 years after you leave. If you have not earned enough to repay the loans by then they are wiped off.
Q: Should I take on student loans?
- It is hard for us to say but before you make your decision think about the following:-
- Over the course of a lifetime, estimates suggest women can expect to earn about £250,000 more if they have a degree, while the figure is roughly £170,000 for men. (Source - BBC)
- Any and all remaining debt is wiped off after 30 years.
- Many people earning even over £25,000 a year will never pay it back within the 30 years.