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HECS legislation passes through Lower House

The federal government has scrapped plans to place a "lifetime cap" on student loans, but has been granted support from the lower house to reduce the repayment threshold. Legislation to lower the repayment threshold from $55,000 to $45,000 has been ...

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Free university education: Kiwi feat or a red herring?

When Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand's Prime Minister in October last year, many were surprised because of her youth, inexperience and femininity. Staunchly Labour, she moved quickly to enact her 'progressive, anti-capitalist' agenda. Among her reforms was making all forms of higher education ...

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UTS presents university commercialisation alternative

Today, in UTS' 'brown paper bag', a symposium on advancing the public benefit of universities took place. Resisting commercialisation The need for universities to focus on research and education – not marketing – was a major topic. Professor Raewyn Connell of USYD ...

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It pays to help disadvantaged students

The Grattan Institute report that suggests we should consider pay-your-own-way degrees might work if we were all financially secure, but we aren’t. I’ve copped a little bit of stick over comments I made last week regarding the Grattan Institute’s report ...

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HECS debt blows out to $23b

The number of students in hoc to the federal government – and the debt – has never been higher. Australian university student HECS-HELP debt is the highest in history, currently more than $23 billion. The average debt per student is ...

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Maths and science subsidies face the axe

Maths and science university subjects could soon lose Commonwealth subsidies as a result of the federal government’s attempts to save an extra $1 billion. The government introduced a bill to Parliament on Wednesday to reinstate the maximum student contribution for ...

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Cautious welcome by VET for wider HECS

A proposal by the federal government to extend HECS-style loans to some VET students has been welcomed by the sector, which has been lobbying for such a scheme for some time. Negotiations are still underway with the states and territories ...

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Research to examine expanding HECS

Tweaks to the nation’s higher education contribution scheme (HECS) could improve student outcomes, researchers say. Extending HECS to cover living costs and offering the scheme to international students is the subject of new research at the Australian National University. HECS ...

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