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Higher Education Support Amendment (FEE-HELP Loan Fee) Bill 2010

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2010

 

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT AMENDMENT (FEE-HELP LOAN FEE) Bill 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Circulated by authority of the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations)

 

 



HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT AMENDMENT (FEE-HELP LOAN FEE) BILL 2010

 

 

OUTLINE

 

The Bill will amend paragraph 137-10(2)(a) of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to increase the FEE-HELP ‘loan fee’ from 20 per cent to 25 per cent, to commence from 1 January 2011.

 

Eligible fee paying students can use a FEE-HELP loan to pay the tuition fee for eligible units of study. When the unit of study is undertaken as part of an undergraduate course of study a loan fee applies. The loan fee is included as part of the FEE-HELP debt incurred for the unit of study. The Bill has the effect of increasing the FEE-HELP debt from 120 per cent to 125 per cent of the loan amount.

 

The amendment will give effect to a recommendation of the Review of Australian Higher Education, that the loan fee for FEE-HELP for fee paying undergraduate students be increased to 25 per cent.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT

 

The estimated financial impact of the increase in the loan fee, based on a commencement date of 1 July 2010, as at the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2009-10, was $+42.9 million (fiscal balance) over the period 2010-11 to 2012-13.

 

The Bill provides for a commencement date of 1 January 2011. The adjustment to the cost of the measure for this commencement date is $-7.0 million (fiscal balance) over the period 2010-11 to 2013-14.



HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT AMENDMENT (FEE-HELP LOAN FEE) BILL 2010

 

 

NOTES ON CLAUSES

 

Clause 1 - Short title

 

Provides for the Act to be cited as the Higher Education Support Amendment (FEE-HELP Loan Fee) Act 2010.

 

 

Clause 2 - Commencement

 

Provides that the Act commences on the day on which it receives Royal Assent.

 

 

Clause 3 - Schedule(s)

 

Provides that each Act that is specified in a Schedule is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule and that any other item in a Schedule has effect according to its terms.

 

 

Schedule 1— Amendments

 

Higher Education Support Act 2003

 

Item 1 - Paragraph 137-10(2)(a)

 

Item 1 increases the amount of the FEE-HELP debt which is incurred under paragraph 137-10(2)(a) from 120% to 125%.

 

Subsection 137-10(2) provides that the amount of a FEE-HELP debt is:

(a)     if the loan relates to FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study that forms part of an undergraduate course of study - an amount equal to 120% of the loan; or

(b)    if, paragraph (a) does not apply - the amount of the loan.

 

This amendment will increase the FEE-HELP debt for those people to whom paragraph 137-10(2)(a) applies.

 

 

Item 2 - Application

 

Item 2 contains an application provision which provides that the increase in the FEE-HELP debts in Item 1 will apply to FEE-HELP debts incurred on or after 1 January 2011 in relation to units of study whose census dates are on or after 1 January 2011.