From private to public benefit: the shifting rationales for setting student contributions

Since 1989 domestic students in Australian public universities have been charged student contributions, originally called [Higher Education Contribution Scheme] HECS. Three subsequent redesigns of the student contribution system commenced in 1997, 2005 and 2021. With each change the then government advanced different rationales or mixes of rationales for their price decisions. The five rationales are course costs, private benefits, public benefits, increasing resources per student place, and incentivising course choices. This paper documents and evaluates these rationales.

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Authors: Norton, Andrew

Published: Melbourne, Victoria, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne, 2022

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Physical description: 42 p.

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