A new study has revealed that the three-fold increase of tuition fees in Britain is the major hurdle before the students who want to attend university.
The study commissioned by the Independent Commission on Fees shows that based on early indications charging students a maximum of £9,000 is reducing the number of applications to English universities.
According to the research the number of applicants in England is down 8.8 percent compared with two years ago.
This is while that the number of applicants from 18 and 19-year-olds is also down by around 7 percent over the same period.
The total number of people applying to English universities in 2010 was 421,448. This number has fallen to 384,170 this year: a drop of 8.8 percent or around 37,000 fewer students.
Among 18 and 19-year-old applicants, there was a fall from 298,155 in 2010 to 276,629 in 2012: a drop of 7.2 percent. It suggests that this drop cannot be wholly explained by a reduction in the number of young people in the UK.
Applicant numbers are also down compared with 2011 but this was after students were aware that fees were rising in 2012.
The report, the first that the commission has published, shows that the fall in applicant numbers in England has not been replicated in other parts of the UK. Both Scotland and Wales have seen a rise (1 percent and 0.3 percent respectively) while Northern Ireland saw 0.8 percent fewer applicants.