The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) wants senators to quash a proposed charge on administering student loans.
The group said the cost recovery measure will put Australian universities out of pocket $10 million a year.
Should the Higher Education Support (Charges) Bill 2018 be passed with the charge still in place universities will begin paying in 2019/20, IRU warned.
“Universities facilitate students to access HELP, bearing costs in the process,” the group said in a statement. “These costs include liaising with government departments and processing student applications for HELP.
“The government’s higher education provider charge will simply further divert resources away from students’ education at a time when the government is already reducing resourcing for this through the Commonwealth Grants Scheme funding freeze.”
IRU said charging providers instead of students shows “the fundamental error underlying the charge”.
“The Government – rightly – will not charge students directly for access to HELP. Yet it will, instead, penalise students by further reducing the resources universities and other higher education providers have to deliver students a good education,” the group said.
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