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Refugee advocates lobbying for student loan changes

One of the leaders behind a program mentoring high school students from refugee backgrounds is marking this year’s World Refugee Week by calling for those on temporary protection visas and asylum seekers to be eligible for federal government assistance to meet ...

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Price caps for VET courses tabled in report

The federal government is discussing capping the prices of vocational courses offered through VET FEE-HELP. This is one of the options tabled in a discussion paper the federal skills minister, Scott Ryan, released today. It read: “Recognising course costs are often unreflective of ...

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Lower HELP repayment threshold to $42,000: Norton

Grattan Institute modelling advocates lowering the HELP loan repayment threshold to $42,000 – calling it an “efficient and fair” solution to curb ballooning debt from unpaid loans. The current threshold stands at $54,126, though the federal Education Department estimates one-fifth ...

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