8th August 1997 at 01:00
Official figures for the number of young people entering the clearing system last year, which matches prospective students with surplus places, were released this week.

Around 155,000 people entered the clearing system last year, of whom 47, 795 found a place.

UCAS officials have predicted an unprecedented scramble for places this year as students fight for the last free university places before tuition fees are imposed.

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