Seven reasons to apply by the UCAS deadline

It’s that time of year again, with the UCAS deadline fast approaching. While you can still apply to university after the deadline, there are some definite advantages to getting your application in by 15 January. Here are seven of them.

1. Get your first-choice course

Universities start reviewing applications and allocating places immediately after 15 January. If you’re applying for an especially popular course, or one with a limited number of places, it makes sense to get your application in on time.

2. Get your first-choice uni

As well as increasing your chances of getting onto your preferred course, submitting a strong UCAS application by 15 January can mean you stand a greater chance of getting your first-choice uni, too.

3. Use your support network

One of the benefits of applying by the UCAS deadline is that you can go through the process with your friends, and support and encourage each other.

4. Focus on your studies

With your application done, you’re free to concentrate on the important stuff: studying, revising, and acing your A-level exams.

5. Feel prepared

Performing arts student Dora applied by 15 January and says it made her feel organised and prepared.

6. Make a plan

With your application done, you’ll have plenty of time to get organised and prepare for uni. Take your time comparing student bank accounts, applying for a loan, and checking out accommodation.

7. Secure a scholarship or bursary

If you’ve got your application in and know you’ll be joining ARU, now’s the time to explore the financial support on offer. You might be eligible for one of our scholarships or bursaries. The best bit is that there's no need to apply – if you're eligible, you'll automatically receive the scholarship when you start your course.

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