Up to 30,000 fewer students may have started university courses this year following the rise in tuition fees, the government's fair access tsar suggested today.
Office for Fair Access director Les Ebdon said fear of higher fees "appears to be an obstacle" for some, particularly for mature students.
University applications are being monitored "anxiously" to see if the move to triple fees to a maximum of £9,000 will continue to be felt.
Ucas is expected to publish figures on the numbers of students starting degree courses this autumn shortly.
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