Fewer Welsh students apply to universityWales Online.
In the latest snapshot of 2012 trends, there were 22,001 applications from Welsh students – 493 down on the total March 2011 intake. But the drop is small when compared with England, where 43,824 (9.8%) fewer students have applied to university. The public purse will ensure Welsh-domiciled learners continue to pay around £3,400 (US$5,400) for their studies from September, despite a trebling of tuition fees.
But a marked fall in the number of English learners, who do not have a government subsidy, applying to courses in Wales will be of concern to Education Minister Leighton Andrews. A favourable cross-border flow of students is crucial to the Welsh government’s fee policy.
Preliminary data show that the number of English-domiciled students applying to Welsh universities has fallen by 12.5% – while the number of Welsh learners opting for England-based courses is up 2.2%.
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