THE number of UK students applying to start university this autumn has slumped by 8.9%, but the fall in Scotland is the lowest of any part of the country.
More than 50,000 fewer students have applied to start degree courses from September across the UK, compared to last year, latest statistics from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) reveal.
Tuition fees for English universities are due to triple to a maximum of £9000 a year from this September. Students from Scotland studying in Scotland do not pay fees, and neither do those from the rest of the EU. But students coming to Scotland from the rest of the UK face charges of up to £9000 a year.
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