Fee rises will not stop demand
Research carried out by OpinionPanel and the University of Leicester reveals that higher fees would not significantly reduce applications for university in England. But the study does suggest that poorer students would be more likely to be put off from applying.
The research has been covered in an article on BBC News which starts:
Increasing tuition fees – even to £10,000 per year – would not significantly reduce applications for university in England, say researchers.
But the University of Leicester study suggests poorer students would be more likely to be put off from applying.
The research involving 730 sixth formers also found new universities would be the most likely to lose applicants as a result of higher fees.
Next month Lord Browne will deliver his report on university funding.
University applications have risen sharply in recent years – and this study provides a detailed analysis of how any increase in fees proposed by the Browne Review might change the appetite for degree courses.