Tuition fees have little impact on university applications

Posted on 16th March 2012 by Youth

Research carried out by YouthSight shows that other factors are viewed as more important in the applicant decision making process than tuition fees.

Student website StudentNewspaper.org published an article based on our research…

University applicants expecting good A-level results do not decide where to apply based on tuition fees, an Opinion Panel survey suggests.

According to the survey, prospective students applying this year have placed more emphasis on course suitability, employability and the reputation of the institution than on tuition fees when considering which universities to apply to, regardless of social background.

Mike Williamson, Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA), told The Student that he was not surprised by the results of the survey, but cautioned against seeing them as evidence that tuition fees were not an important factor in deciding whether to go to university.

He said, “What will be really important is the decision students make whether to go to university or not.

“The govern ment is basically failing to recognise the importance education has, not only for the economy, but also for society in general.”

He also expressed concern over how universities will try to attract students in the future, saying, “I’m worried that instead of delivering real change for students, universities will invest in flashy facilities that they can show off to prospective applicants.”

Read the whole article at Studentnewspaper.org.

Click below to read the YouthSight report on how higher tuition fees affected the decision-making process of 2012 applicants.

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