Interim UCAS application figures 2013 cycle

03 January 2013

Commenting on the release of UCAS application figures for 2013 university entry so far, Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, said:

“As UCAS themselves say it’s likely that around 40 per cent of students have yet to apply so let’s not jump the gun - it’s still too early in the year to say what the overall applications numbers will be. It’s only right that prospective students are taking their time deciding which universities to apply to and making use of all the information available to them.

“Going to a good university remains a sound investment for the vast majority. Most graduates earn a considerable salary premium over those with two A-levels, and Russell Group graduates typically receive a 10 per cent salary top-up over those who went to a modern university.

“Money worries shouldn’t stop anyone from applying: there are no up-front fees, repayments are only made when they’re affordable and there is generous help with living costs. If you’re good enough to get in, you can afford to go. About one in three Russell Group students receive a bursary or scholarship that never has to be repaid, and our universities are spending unprecedented sums on financial support. Every student with the talent, potential and ability to succeed at a Russell Group university should apply.”

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