Tanya Plibersek announced Labor’s plan to conduct a review of the tertiary education sector in March this year.
Labor has promised to review the tertiary education sector if elected next year. There are some major issues, and some examples from abroad they should consider.
New Zealand Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern holds firm on her promise to block Australian students from tertiary education if reforms go through.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern has vowed to take retaliatory action if the Turnbull government changes fee arrangements for New Zealanders studying in Australia.
Those already working will face tax increases of 1%-2% of their income from 2018.
The government should add a ‘super payment option’ that allows graduates to offset the cost of their HELP repayments.
Most schools will get a boost in funding, while universities will face cuts.
Education experts discuss changes to schools and universities following the federal treasurer’s budget speech.
Students will have to stay repaying their loan when they earn $42,000.
Students will now have to pay back more of their loan, and repay quicker.
A flat-rate fee on student loans isn’t a radical idea.
A flat-rate fee on all student loans is a fairer economic proposal.
Both major parties support lowering the repayment threshold for student loans.
The threshold for paying back student loans will vary depending on which party wins the election.
Uncapping fees for some degree courses is still an option.
While the government finally ruled out full fee deregulation in its 2016 budget, it is still contemplating uncapping fees for some degree courses. Here’s what else is being discussed.
What should government and students contribute towards university degrees?
Increasing the amount that students pay towards their degree is likely to be on the cards of higher education in this year’s election.
What is the best HELP repayment option for all graduates?
Combining a lower repayment scale with a super option would allow for earlier repayment of HELP loans and greater flexibility for graduates to manage living expenses early in their careers.
$4 billion of student loan debt is likely to never be repaid by 2025.
Academic experts respond to the latest report by the Parliamentary Budget Office on the impact of student loans on the budget.
Should we lower the threshold at which graduates repay their university debt?
A new report has called on the government to lower the threshold at which university graduates repay their debt from $54,126 to $42,000. But is this fair on students?
Debt lost from graduates working overseas is estimated to cost the taxpayer around $30m a year.
Australians who live in another country for more than six months will now have to pay back their student loans.
Do students know what they’re getting in to when they take on debt?
Students rated their financial literacy quite low, which means many students who have managed to secure a place at university don’t believe they understand about debt.
Vocational education and training students probably need income-contingent loans more than university students.
The HECS revolution remains seriously incomplete because it does not extend to many parts of the vocational education and training sector - which still suffers from the scourge, hostility and unfairness of upfront fees.
Students living overseas should have to repay their loans.
Overseas debtors should have to repay their student loans, but it won’t recoup as much as repayments from deceased estates.
One piggy bank for student loans and one for retirement.
Unpaid HELP debts are a problem, while super contributions may be lost. Should students use super to repay HELP?
Would selling the student loan debt really be such a bad thing?
The cost of the national student loan debt held by the federal government has gathered pace to pop the A$30 billion mark, perpetuating rumours that a debt sale could be on the cards. Should that happen…