Tuition fees rise has not put off applications by disadvantaged students

According to news from the Guardian, Independent Commission on Fees study reveals an applications increase from poorer neighbourhoods between 2010 and 2013.

The rise in tuition fees to £9,000 a year has not discouraged students from disadvantaged areas applying to university in England.

The Independent Commission on Fees found that applications from areas with historically low numbers of young people progressing into higher education showed an increase in 2013 compared with 2010, the year before the rise in fees from £3,375 to £9,000 was first announced.

It also found that the number of 18-year-olds applying from poorer areas included a small rise in applications to England’s 30 most selective universities – including Oxford, UCL and Manchester – a fact welcomed by the Office For Fair Access (Offa), the higher education access watchdog.

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