Survey: Three-fifths of young people say fees increase has influenced university decision

Nearly three-fifths of young people say the fees increase has influenced their decision about whether to apply to a university in the UK, according to a survey of around 1,000 teenagers.

The poll, published by the Independent Commission on Fees alongside its report, reveals that just under three-quarters of 15 to 17-year-olds in England say they are likely or fairly likely to apply to university.

  • More than a third (38%) said the overall cost of studying at a particular university would be a factor in their choice.
  • One in four (26%) said they would take tuition fees into account.

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