Commenting on early UCAS 2012 applications data, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said:
"It is too early in the applications cycle for data to reveal underlying trends - the main UCAS deadline is not until January.
"Going to university depends on ability not the ability to pay. Most new students will not pay upfront, there will be more financial support for those from poorer families and everyone will make lower loan repayments than they do now once they are in well paid jobs.
"It is important that no one is put off applying to university because they do not have information about how the new student finance system works. To ensure this message reaches all prospective students and their parents we have extended the England-wide school and college tour, with more graduates presenting and evening information sessions for parents.”