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EducationĀ· SiNbuth Affairs


At a meetinq today with students representing residential college students

from the A.N.U. and Latrobe University, the Minister for

Education and Youth Affairs r Senator Susan Ryan, rejected

any assertion that there had been a cut in funding for tertiary


In particular Senator Ryan rejected firmly the NAAUC assertion

that by its new policy on subsidies for residential colleges

and halls for tertiary students the Government did not Care

for country students and those on lower incomes.

'Under the new system I expect assistance to go mainly to students

who have to live away from home, especially those from country

and isolated areas,* 1 Senator Ryan said.

Senator Ryan said that the existing subsidy system helped

only those students who found a place in a residence on campus.

They represented only six per cent of students in higher education.

1 The existing arrangements take no account of the students

background or financial status and they do nothing for the

94 per cent of students who do not live in residential colleges,

she s a i d .

The old system also discriminated against those students who

attend tertiary institutions which did not have residential


The Minister said that in adopting the new system she had accepted

the advice of the Tertiary Education Commission that the cost

of per capita subsidies paid to residential colleges ~~ ?10

million -- should be reallocated to a system of loans and grants.

1 The new system will also cover students who have to find private

accommodation,' Senator Ryan said.


1 This is particularly important because growth in tertiary

enrolments over the coming three years will be mainly in the

advanced education sector which has a higher concentration

of lower income students, but relatively few residential places.'

Senator Ryan pointed out that the current weekly subsidy for

residences is a little under $7 a week per student and as it

will be phased out over the next two years the effect on fee

levels should be minimal.

Senator Ryan added that a number of students living in colleges

qu alified for TEAS, the maximum rate of which would rise from

1 Jan u a r y next year by more than $6 a week.

The new policy is part of the package recently announced by

the Government in its Guidelines to the Commonwealth Tertiary

Education Commission. These will provide an extra $65.15 .mil1ion

to tertiary education in 1985, the largest single increase

in funding in this area since 1977.

Over the next three years funding will enable at least 15,000

more students to attend universities and colleges of advanced

education, of which about 70'S are expected to be in outer

metropolitan and regional institutions.

Inquiries: Harriett Swift 727352 or Alan Thomas 731343

CANBERRA October 1984