NTEU analysis (downlaod copy below) of the new funding and regulatory arrangements for higher education concludes that:
- a minimum average increase in university tuition fees of at least 33% just to compensate for reductions in government funding and the introduction of new student funded scholarship scheme,
- the lifting of the cap on university fees could see the tuition fees for some degrees reach or exceed $100,000 especially in degrees like medicine, law, engineering and management and commerce,
- the introduction of interest on HELP debts is highly inequitable because students from disadvantaged backgrounds will not be in a position to pay their fees upfront,
- the changes to HELP are especially unfair for students who elect to take career breaks which means there is strong bias against female graduates, and
- the size and cost of servicing students loans will be the equivalent of a second
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The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is urging universities to not disadvantage students who participate in National Union of Students protests around the country tomorrow.
“The NTEU ...
The NTEU has developed a fact sheet that outlines the changes to Australia’s higher education system as announced in the 2014 Federal Budget.
The fact sheet, and further analysis of the Budget, can be found on our new website A 1st Degree Shouldn't Cost A 2nd
Protests against the changes to higher education in this year's budget will be held around Australia on Wednesday, 21st of May. Times vary according to city and can be seen in the image above.
The NTEU has encouraged members not to penalise students who are attending the protests.For more information, contact our
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