Sharp drop in Welsh students applying for university
3 January 2013 Last updated at 14:26 GMT
New figures show there has been a sharp drop in the number of students from Wales applying to go to university this September.
The overall figure is down 11.7% on the same time last year.
The data shows how many applications had been received by the university admissions service, Ucas, by mid-December.
The general deadline is still a few weeks away.
BBC Wales Today reporter Nicola Smith explained the figures to Kate Morgan.