Nov 10, 2014

Uni deregulation will hurt local students

Today I met with local university student, Chloe Smith, to discuss her concerns over the deregulation of university fees.

Tony Abbott’s plan to deregulate university fees will have a serious impact on students in the Inner West contemplating higher education.

Students shouldn’t have to fear their degrees costing $100, 000.

Access to university helped me go from public housing in Camperdown to Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

I want others to have the same opportunities.

Labor’s new online Debt Sentence Calculator shows just how much students could pay if the Coalition gets their way. 

Chloe, who studies International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney, has found her degree would likely increase in cost by a minimum of $5,000.

Chloe believes for many students this increase would be too much.

“I know a lot of students who would find increased university fees a serious barrier,” Chloe said.

“Sometimes people can be quite nostalgic about student poverty, but with two thirds of university students living below the poverty line, it’s a pretty grim reality to face.

“As a young woman, I know that if I want to start a family it will already take me longer to pay off my HECS. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be for women in the future if fee costs double, and in some cases nearly triple,” Chloe said.

Labor’s Debt Sentence Calculator can be found online at