The BBC is reporting that university applications have fallen by 5% – with the decline driven by a drop in European Union students and a sharp fall in nursing applications.
The Ucas admissions figures, up to the January deadline for courses starting in the autumn, show a 5% drop in UK students and 7% drop in students from the European Union – with a total of about 564,000.
Nursing had the biggest fall of any individual subject, and Janet Davies, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, blamed this on the switch from grants to fees and loans.
“We warned the government the removal of student funding would see a sharp drop in nursing applications. These figures confirm our worst fears,” said Ms Davies.
Sorana Vieru, vice-president of the National Union of Students, said the fall in applicants was “disappointing, but not a surprise”.
“Uncertainty around increases in tuition fees, loss of maintenance grants and the rising costs of living and studying at university are too much of a risk to some potential students,” she said.
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