According to Ucas admissions figures, 13,000 fewer applications were received up to mid-November as compared with last year. This represents a drop of 8% compared with the same point last year.
The government should now finally admit that its higher education policies are having a significant impact on application behaviour.
We have always said that students and their families aren’t walking calculators capable of working out how much they are likely to repay based on hypothetical future earnings. Regardless of the repayment terms and the small print, students were always going to be deterred by £9,000 tuition fees.
Liam Burns, president of The National Union of Students
Data about previous years can be found at the Ucas website here.