Due in large part to escalating tuition prices, the number of students who applied to university in Britain fell dramatically this year, reported Inside Higher Ed:
A year after the British government essentially tripled tuitions, applications for university spots fell by nearly 9 percent in Britain and by 10 percent in England, Times Higher Education reported. Applications from students of traditional college age fell less sharply than did those from older students, and government officials played down the impact of the dip; “the proportion of English school-leavers applying to university is the second highest on record and people are still applying,” David Willetts, the universities and science minister, told the newspaper. But others said the decrease was the predictable result of the dramatic change in government policy.
U.S. universities have also experience massive tuition increases, but have yet to face any attrition in student enrollment. But this could very well be the future for American higher education, if public universities continue to prioritize administrative and infrastructure spending over keeping costs down for student.