The charts illustrate the number of undergraduates, government spending on each student from 1991 to 2001, and compare the percentages of students of different family economic backgrounds in 1991. Figures were taken in the UK.
Overall, in 1991 the majority of undergraduates came from middle-income families. Also, in contrast to the increased number of university students, government spending became more and more limited toward the end of the period.
The proportion of university students whose family financial background fell into the middle category was just over 60%, approximately twice as much as that of students from high-income families. Meanwhile, only 8% of UK’s undergraduates were from families with low income in 1991.
There was a moderate rise in the number of undergraduates from over 1000000 in 1991 to more than 2000000 in 1999. This figure then slightly declined to precisely 2000000 after 2 years.
Despite the overall increase in students’ number, government budget allocated for supporting those students fell exponentially from 6500 pounds to around 4700 pounds, a decrease of 1200 pounds in only 5 years. After that, the figure experienced almost no change until the end of the period.