Would you crowdsource for your tuition fees?By Editor
With many universities charging in access of £9,000 a year in tuition fees, many prospective students have found themselves unsure how they will cope financially. Some have had to rely on parental contributions, and others have had to bank on a sizeable overdraft and live in hope that their subsequent graduate job is worth it. One postgrad, however, has managed to fund her masters by crowdsourcing. Is this the new way?
Getting into Oxford University is difficult enough, but Emily-Rose Swirlesque managed to acquire a place on the institution’s Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology course. Sadly, however, without any financial backing and failing to attain a grant meant that there was a good chance she would miss out on such a special opportunity.
But then Emily-Rose had a brainwave – why offer her up her destiny to the strangers of the World Wide Web? Of all the terrible people on the net, there are also loads of great people, and some of them have money burning holes in their pockets.
After making an appeal on Hubbub, the Human Sciences graduate managed to raise £26,515 to pay for her £11,250 in tuition fees, £2,765 in college fees, her proposed £11,343 for living expenses and the £920.70 in PayPal fees.
Those who have pledged £1 will have exclusive access to a private blog that will discuss the course in detail, where debate will be encouraged. Those that pledge more will be offered such things as a thank you photo of Emily-Rose holding a champagne glass on the day of her last exam, and a bound copy of her dissertation.
So are you thinking of applying for a university course but worried about how you will fund it? Would you consider crowdsourcing? Let us know.