Most universities will charge students £9,000 a year when tuition fees are raised in 2012, National Union of students (NUS) leader Aaron Porter predicts.
Speaking to the BBC, he suggested that people should be compensated if the course they choose is not up to scratch.
"The government made promises to get the tuition fees through the vote - but I don't believe they can deliver," he told the news provider.
"They said that £9,000 would only be charged in exceptional circumstances, but I suspect that 50 per cent, 60 per cent, 70 per cent are going to charge £9,000."
"From the conversations I've had behind the scenes, universities believe that the price they set will be a sign of quality - and they will charge whatever they can get away with."
As well as being frustrated over tuition fee rises, he said young people are angry over high unemployment rates and the government's decision to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
Speaking last week, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said thousands of students will be forced to drop out of college without EMA payments.