With tuition fees rising to as much as nine thousand pounds a year many students are looking for ways to save money on the cost of a degree.
New rules mean some sixth form colleges in the South East are now able to offer courses for as little as a third of the cost of a university degree.
Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford has been finding out how they do it.
Musician Jools Holland has received an honorary degree from the University of Kent today.
The broadcaster who lives near Rochester was given the honour at the town's cathedral this morning.
He received an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British Music industry.
TV's Mr Tumble aka Justin Fletcher has become a Doctor of Letters after receiving an honorary degree from Reading University.
Justin Fletcher - known to million's of children as 'Mr Tumble' - was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters during a ceremony today at the Great Hall. He joins three and a half thousand students graduating from the University this week.