UK Universities in England have suffered a 10% drop in the number of home based students applying to study when higher fees start, figures show.
The BBC reports that university admissions service, UCAS, says 46,413 fewer students from England have applied than at the same time last year.
The UCU academics’ union said the figures highlighted the recklessness of raising fees to £9,000.
Anyone wishing to apply after 30 June will have to do so through clearing.
The reduction in applications has remained steady for the past few months, according to admissions service, UCAS.
But these latest figures come a few weeks before the final deadline for regular applications to university. The main deadline passed in mid-January.
The ‘double whammy’ will mean cut backs and mergers and could drive some universities to the wall.
The government has rejected claims that a crackdown on immigration could harm British universities and cost the economy billions of pounds a year.
This week 70 university heads wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron warning that changes to Tier 4 student visas would drive international applicants away.
There is a growing call to the Home Office to take foreign students, who bring in £8bn a year in fees, out of net immigration counts.
University heads warned the government’s immigration policy risked driving international students to the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Germany.
Thousands of in country international students, who want to continue their studies in the UK, are being driven away by strict new rules. The visa rules give no allowance for the fact that they have lost their tuition fees when their college closed down after its licence was revoked by the UK Border Agency.
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