More than 40,000 fewer part-time students go to university due to tuition fees hike, study suggests

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“The Government needs to reverse the catastrophic decline in part-time students.”

By Eleanor Busby, Education Correspondent

More than 40,000 fewer part-time students are going to university because of the hike in tuition fees in England, a new study suggests.

The Government’s introduction of higher tuition fees exacerbated the decline of part-time students in England, preventing many “second chance routes” to social mobility, the report from the Sutton Trust charity states.

There were more than 40,000 fewer part-time students in 2015 than five years before – when tuition fees had not yet risen to £9,250 a year for full-time undergraduates, it reveals.

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