Demand for university places 'still high'

Student finance advice could still be in great demand as the number of "genuine students" looking for places at university is increasing, according to one expert.

Rod Jones, chief executive of bridging courses for international students Navitas, told the Australian that despite recording a seven per cent drop in second semester enrolments earlier this week, he forecasts growth in the future.

"Demand from genuine students isn't going away. It is growing dramatically," he asserted.

The expert suggested that during the 2008-9 boom years, much of the demand for places among studiers, who may have applied for student banking products, was driven by a pool of students who were potential migrants.

He suggested that this inflated the figures and that as their numbers fall, they pushed the overall enrolment numbers down.

Last month, international education consultant Alan Olsen told the same publication that the number of female 25 to 34-year-olds obtaining qualifications while in higher education rose to 39.1 per cent between 2001 and 2009.

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