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Put off by fees

APPLICATIONS for full-time university places have fallen by 10,000 since tuition fees were introduced, junior minister Malcolm Wicks admitted. However, more people are applying to do part-time courses.

In 1999, 388,000 people applied to study full-time, compared with 398,000 in 1997. Mature students were most likely to be discouraged with aplications falling by a fifth. But the number of under-21-year-olds applying increased almost 6,000. Part-time applications increased by 7,000 between 1997 and 1998, with rises in all age groups. Figures are not yet available for 1999.

Compiled by Jon Slater from Hansard. Parliamentary questions can be found at www.parliament.uk

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