Sheffield students not ‘put off’ by a rise in tuition fees

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SiXTH-FORMERS in Sheffield are not being ‘put off’ from applying to university by the rise in tuition fees, it has been claimed.

Applications to both Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield University have reduced by thousands this year after a rush to beat the fee change in 2011 saw a major spike in the number.

But Professor Cliff Alan, Hallam vice-chancellor, said market research showed students understood they did not have to pay upfront, how the student loans system worked and the value of having a degree.

He said: “They’re not apparently been put off at this stage.”

Hallam has received 41,780 applications this year, compared to 52,000 in 2011.

At Sheffield University, there have been 31,750 applications, down from 34,230 last year.

However, the university said the quality of applicants overall has risen.

Both facilities say the reduction this year matches the national situation after fees on courses rose to up to £9,000 a year.

Prof Alan said numbers have returned to about 2010 levels in an ‘inevitable reduction’.

He said: “But as our numbers are quite similar to 2010, there doesn’t appear to be a major reduction in applications as a result of the increase in tuition fees.

“I think young people are also thinking hard about going on to higher education rather than just automatically applying.”

Places at both universities are available through the clearing process today with helplines and advice on offer from early morning.