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New fees 'put off students'

Early indications suggest that the tripling of tuition fees to a maximum of £9,000 is putting students off university, a study has found.

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Commission: 'Discernible difference' in university applications

The Government defended its decision to treble university tuition fees after independent experts said fewer young people were applying for courses.

An independent commission was set-up to establish whether there is any link between student numbers and tuition fees, which the Government has raised to a maximum of £9,000 a year.

Independent Commission for Fees chairman Will Hutton told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:

University fees are not going up in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and the long-term trend of rising applications that we have seen in England is carrying on in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. There is a discernible difference.

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