Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Uni Funding Cuts Will Hit Disadvantaged

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Uni Funding Cuts Will Hit Disadvantaged

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PROFESSOR Greg Hill has warned that disadvantaged students will be the hardest hit by the Governmentas plan to scrap $2 billion of university funding to help pay for school reforms.

The University of the Sunshine Coast Vice-Chancellor was aextremely disappointeda at the acompletely unexpecteda new policy.

aWeave already had a number of cutbacks in the last six months. Universities werenat expecting any more,a Prof Hill said.

The plan, announced by Tertiary Education Minister Craig Emerson on Saturday, will make universities pick up the 2% aefficiency allowancea from January next year. The 10% discount on the upfront payments of HECS loans will be abolished and the Student Start-Up scholarships will have to be paid back.

Prof Hill said this abizarre situation would see the most-disadvantaged students graduate with higher HECS debts than their well-off counterpartsa.

aDisadvantaged students apply for a Start-Up Scholarship which is about $1000 per semester to help them with getting books and items like that,a Prof Hill said. …

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