This myth may seem true on the surface, but the fact is there is financial help available for most people looking to go to university.
Aside from a student loan, which any UK or EU student taking their first undergraduate degree can get, the government also offer living cost loans to help with accommodation and things like food and textbooks.
There are a range means-tested grants available too, up to £3,387 a year – and because they’re grants you don’t have to pay them back!
Most universities also have a range of scholarships and bursaries to help make sure people from all backgrounds get a chance to study for a degree. At Newcastle University, there are scholarships that offer £500 to £9,000 a year for students. You can find out more about these and the eligibility criteria on the Newcastle University website. And if you’re looking to study on a degree in medicine or dentistry, you can even get help paying your fees from the NHS.