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Finances - not grades - will decide whether students go to university

Thousands of teenagers across our region have picked up their A-level exam results today.

Overall the pass rate dropped for the first time in more than 30 years.

Here in the east the number of A* grades awarded increased very slightly - by 0.5% - as A grades fell by 0.4%.

But for many, it is not the grades but financial considerations which will decide whether or not they head to university.

Serena Sandhu reports from Essex.

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