Fewer students deferring studies

The numbers of students deferring university places to 2012 has dropped by almost two thirds, as youngsters try to avoid the tuition fee hike, new figures show.

Just 5,940 18-year-olds applying to university this year have opted to defer starting their course until the autumn of next year.



This compares with 15,701 18-year-olds who deferred their entry to 2011 in 2010 - a 62% decrease, the Ucas figures show.



The figures are a snapshot taken on June 30.



The numbers of deferrals have dropped in previous years, but this year the numbers have slumped drastically, Ucas said.



It is likely that the dramatic drop is down to students aiming to avoid the Government's plans to triple fees to as much as £9,000 from next year.



Students who apply this year for deferred entry in 2012 will still be affected by the fee hike.



Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: "I would say that this is a bunch of people who have misunderstood the tuition fee."



But she added that recent attempts to publicise the new fees regime mean that more people are beginning to understand the system.



"It's beginning to get through and people recognise some of the benefits from the new regime," she said.









Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, said: "Despite the Government's best efforts to suggest their reforms are fair or progressive, the British public is not stupid and can see that tripling fees and increasing the amount of money the majority of people will pay back is not a good deal.



"It comes as no surprise to us that people are trying to get into university before the price hike. Hopefully it will give ministers food for thought and encourage them to look again at this unfair and untested system."







Liam Burns, president of the National Union of Students, said: "Students trying to get in ahead of the trebling of tuition fees next year will almost certainly account for much of this drop.



"Many young people defer their university place in order to take a well-earned break from education, save some money or gain some real world experience, all of which can be hugely beneficial.



"Once again the Government's choice to reduce funding for higher education and pass the burden onto students is shown to limit choice for a generation.



"Confusion reigns in higher education funding and those for whom deferring their place is a necessity will be forced to face much higher fees through no fault of their own.



"With all the changes that are taking place in higher education it would be easy for prospective students to feel rushed into making a decision and all should take the time to make the decision that is right for them.



"One can only hope that no talented, ambitious young people forego the opportunity to go to university at all because of the potential cost of deferring their place."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
News
Russell Brand arriving for the book launch in East London
peopleRussell Brand cancels his book launch debate due to concerns about the make-up of the panel
Arts and Entertainment
JK Rowling will not be releasing a 'romance' novel anytime soon
books
Life and Style
tech

Of all the computers Apple has ever made there’s only one that Steve Jobs had to sell his car to finance

Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Dales attempts to sell British Breeze in the luxury scent task
tvReview: 'Apprentice' candidates on the verge of tears as they were ejected from the boardroom
News
One of the 'princesses' in the video
videoYouTube reinstates sweary video after takedown for 'violating terms'
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Education

SEN Teaching Assistant

£70 - £85 per day: Randstad Education Group: SEN Teaching Assistants needed in...

Year 4 Teacher required for 2 terms

£21500 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Randstad Education ar...

EBD Teacher

£120 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you a quailed Teacher ...

Part Time SEN 1:1 Teacher

£40 - £80 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you an experience SEN Te...

Day In a Page

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?