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Fall in Sussex university applications
The number of students applying for a place at university in Sussex has fallen.
Figures released by UCAS show a national decrease of 10 per cent across England.
From September, tuition fees for English universities are due to triple to a maximum of £9,000.
Education experts have previously predicted the fee hike could impact on application numbers.
Last night university officials admitted the fall was likely to be caused by students believing they cannot afford to continue studying.
A spokesman for the University of Brighton said: “We have received more than 30,000 applications for the 4,500 places we have available and more applications are being received each day.
“This does represent a reduction in applications but the number received to date is similar to that achieved three years ago.
“The main reason for the reduction, we believe, is the change to the fees structure which has made higher education appear difficult to afford for some people.”
A spokeswoman for the University of Sussex said despite the reduction in applicants from 2011, the total was still higher than in previous years.
She said: “The slight decline this year follows substantial increases in applications in recent years and the current application numbers are actually up 13 per cent against two years ago and 44 per cent against three years ago.
“We believe the excellent courses and facilities offered by Sussex, the calibre of its research staff and attractiveness of its location continue to appeal to students looking for the best experience available and that our application figures continue to reflect this situation.”