More universities set to raise fees

THE YOUNGER that students decide higher education is for them, the more likely they are to go to a '˜higher tariff' university, according to Ucas's widest ever student survey.

Angela Rayner

Being certain about higher education by age ten or earlier means a child is 2.6 times as likely to end up at a more competitive university than someone who decided in their late teens. The most advantaged young people are more likely to be focused on university at a young age than their more disadvantaged peers, Ucas found in the survey.

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More than 16,000 recent applicants responded to the Ucas survey asking about the motivations and influences behind their university choices, and the factors that deterred them.