The Independent Commission on Fees, established in January to monitor the impact of the fee hike, compared UCAS application figures in 2010, before the new payments regime was announced, with those of 2012, the first year that students will be directly affected.
- The total number of people applying to English universities in 2010 was 421,448, and has fallen to 384,170 this year.
- Among 18 and 19-year-old applicants, there was a fall from 298,155 in 2010 to 276,629 in 2012: a drop of 7.2%.
- Applicant numbers are also down compared with 2011.
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