Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Keep That Door Open

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Keep That Door Open

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The government's higher education policy is looking increasingly threadbare. In July the myth that trebling tuition fees would have little impact on applications to university was exploded when figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service revealed a 10 per cent fall in the number of applications from UK students to study in English universities in 2012-13. Among 19- to 29-year-olds, the drop was 12 per cent, which suggests that they are being priced out of higher education.

Last week, the government's argument that Pounds 9,000-a-year tuition fees are better for poor students because they do not have to pay anything up front was found wanting as research from the Sutton Trust showed that worries about debt are deterring considerable numbers of university applications from single-parent households and older would-be students.

This backed up research from the University of Oxford published in August that showed that two-fifths of sixth-formers were concerned or very concerned about debt they would incur if they applied to university. …

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