Students from La Trobe University will join national protests against changes to higher education.DARREN LINTON May 15, 2014 5:21am
La Trobe Student Union president Rose Steele said Tuesday’s federal budget measures heralded the end of the right to higher education for all.
Deregulated course fees means universities can charge what they like and from 2016 new students will have to pay a higher proportion of course costs.
Student loans will remain to fund up-front the cost of tertiary course.
But the Federal Government will charge higher interest of up to six per cent and graduates will also repay their HELP debts once they earn $50
Fee and loan changes won’t apply to present students until the end of 2020.
‘‘The proposed changes will push students who already struggle to make ends meet into a lifetime of debt,’’ Ms Steel said.
Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne said new scholarships were designed to help more low socio-economic students make it to university.
‘‘Under the new higher education system we will also require that universities and other higher education providers spend $1 in every $5 of additional revenue raised on scholarships for disadvantaged students,’’ Mr Pyne said.
La Trobe University has a campus in Shepparton, but Ms Steele said regional students were already having to make choices about the affordability of moving away for university.
‘‘Regional students are already disadvantaged by the costs of relocating to study. The budget changes will only exacerbate the challenges of young people in rural and regional areas, further decreasing access,’’ she said.
La Trobe Student Union will join a national day of demonstrations on May 21.
National Union of Students president Deanna Taylor said the deregulation of fees would mean an entire generation of students presently moving through the high school system would be faced with new barriers to attending university, despite the government’s supposed commitment to equity.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Mary and Molly Byrne are urging others to support National Bandanna Day today.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
The annual Deniliquin Garage and Town Sale event is being held tomorrow, and more than 16 homes are registered for the bargain day.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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