Higher tertiary fees brought about by last week’s federal budget will force students to rethink their university and field of study, according to Notre Dame University vice-chancellor Celia Hammond, reports The Catholic Weekly.
Under the budget, the Government would reduce its course subsidies by about 20 per cent from 2016, provide subsidies to all higher education providers, and allow universities to set their own fees.
But despite labelling it a 'tough budget' which will 'impact on areas of the community,' Professor Hammond welcomed the proposed changes. 'We’ve long been advocating that the demand-driven system should actually be opened up to other providers as well.'
While the 37 ‘table A’ universities in Australia currently receive government subsidies, known as Commonwealth Supported Places, for undergraduate students, these are only available for 50 per cent of students at Notre Dame.
From 2016 the university will begin phasing in Commonwealth Supported Places for all undergraduate students.
‘Tough budget’ – on right track (The Catholic Weekly)
Notre Dame gives thumbs up to university funding reforms (Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney)