Former Universities minister and Southampton Itchen MP John Denham (Labour) talks about the crisis facing the funding of degrees.
The debate is starting all over again about how to fund Higher Education. Christine Alsford speaks to vice-chancellors Sir David Bell at Reading, Professor Joy Carter from Winchester, and Southampton Itchen MP and former universities minister John Denham about the challenges ahead.
The deadline for prospective students to apply for university in September passed at 6pm today. Students are already paying fees of up to nine thousand pounds a year. But could the cost of a degree be set to rise again?
One top university has already said it wants to charge up to seventeen thousand. Meanwhile, the whole debate over who should fund higher education - and how - is rearing its head once more. ITV Meridian's Social Affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports.
In her report Christine Alsford speaks to University of Reading Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell, students at the University of Southampton and the University of Winchester Vice-Chancellor Professor Joy Carter.
Any would be students in the region hoping to apply for university have until six o'clock this evening to submit their forms on the UCAS website.
Several sixth form colleges in the region are reporting an increase in applications, in some cases entries are up by as much as six per cent. Applications fell two years ago following the trebling of tuition fees. Final figures will be released at the end of this month.
Universities breathed a sigh of relief today as new figures showed the number of applications for degree courses were up.
In total, there's been a 3.5 per cent increase on last year. The news follows a drop of ten per cent in England in 2011 - the first year of higher tuition fees.
The Universities of Kent, Southampton, Oxford and Bournemouth are now all reporting figures that are stable - rising - or even breaking records.
Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports and speaks to Karen Pichlman, Head of Admissions, University of Bournemouth, Steven Holdcroft, Head of Admissions, University of Kent, and Prof Alix Neill, University of Southampton.
Figures released today by UCAS show the number of students applying to go to university has risen by 3.5%
Application rates, which take population changes into account, show that the proportion of English 18 year olds applying in 2013 has increased by one percentage point.
Applications to Bournemouth University have increased by 2.5% from last year whilst Southampton has seen a 7% rise.
The number of applications hasn't returned to 2011 levels, but the signs are being seen as an encouraging step by the government.
It was thought that numbers would be down because of tuition fees and the rise in apprenticeship schemes.
Applications in Kent have previously fallen by over six percent, but have risen sharply to pre-tuition fee levels.
Today is the deadline for students wishing to go to university to get their UCAS applications in.
Applications are down by more than 15 per cent at some universities. Prospective undergraduates starting this year have until the end of the day to finalise their submissions.