Gender, equity and policy neglect in student financing of tertiary education


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Author: Warburton, Mark


Most Australians now need a tertiary qualification to obtain a secure job and student loan schemes are critical to the financing for Australia's tertiary education system. The Australian Government has never undertaken a thorough review or evaluation of its student loan schemes, despite it being 34 years since the original Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) was introduced in 1989. It has used these schemes to contain its financial outlays on higher education. The share of course costs funded by students through these schemes has been increased to reduce the cost of the system's...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Finance; Tertiary education; Policy; Gender; Equity

Keywords: Financial aid; Government policy; Funding; Public education and training; Attainment; Cost; Trend; Taxation; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Melbourne, Victoria: Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne, 2023

Physical description: 51 p.

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Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 151.218

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