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It’s difficult for students who are struggling financially to focus on their academic work. Shutterstock

Financial stress distracts university students from academic success

For many students, stress about money is a terrible and unwelcome distraction from their degrees – qualifications they hope can lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
Where will the money come from for Hillary Clinton’s college plan? Hillary for America

Clinton’s debt-free college comes with a price tag

Hillary Clinton’s US$350 billion college plan will need a doubling of the federal government’s funding to colleges. But this large expansion in federal dollars will not be without its own costs.
It’s an annual ritual, but commencement still has value. Commencement image via www.shutterstock.com

Why commencement still matters

As students walk to receive their certificates on commencement day, what are the thoughts of their teachers who stood at the same place some decades ago? What has changed?
Waiting to go off. Student debt via PathDoc/Shutterstock

What can defuse the student loan time bomb?

According to a new pamphlet issued by the Social Market Foundation, “the Tories’ student loan system that finances our universities, voted through by the Lib Dems, is a timebomb waiting to go off”. The…
We’ll be able to do this all over again. Chris Ison/PA Wire

Student loans should be for life, say universities

Students should be given a lifetime loan allocation that they can use for different undergraduate and postgraduate courses, according to new proposals put forward by a group of universities. The University…
Carrying student debt well in to your adult life can be a heavy burden. Shutterstock

How does debt affect people?

Until now, student debt in Australia has been relatively modest, with low repayment rates, low indexation and high repayment thresholds. This won’t be the case if the government proceeds with changes mooted…
The idea of adding student income support to their HELP debt has been floated, but student debt is already high. Shutterstock

Student debt costs are an obstacle to new student loans

A Grattan Institute report I co-authored highlights student debt costs, with the finding that the government could save $800 million a year by retrieving unpaid debts from deceased estates and students…
Retrieving unpaid student loans from deceased and abroad students would help bring the cost of student debt down. Shutterstock

Chasing unpaid student loans could save government $800m

The government could save A$800 million a year by recovering unpaid student loan debts from deceased estates and students who have moved overseas, a new report from the Grattan Institute has found. “Doubtful…
Four years after mass protests, dreams of going to uni are dropping. Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Can we stop worrying about university application rates?

It was clear that recent fundamental changes to the way we pay for university in England would have longstanding ramifications for young people’s plans for their future. Two years into the new fee regime…

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