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Uni students left in limbo as Senate rises

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September 15, 2017

Belinda Robinson is concerned by the Senate's inaction on proposed education funding changes.

Hopeful university entrants won't know the cost of their tertiary studies in 2018 for at least another month after parliament rose before making a decision on an overhaul of government funding.

The proposed legislation - due to take effect from January 1 - includes funding cuts, higher course fees and a drop in the income threshold for repayment of HECS-HELP student loans from nearly $56,000 to $42,000.

Universities Australia on Friday asked for the reforms to be pushed back a year as the Senate won't sit again until mid-October, leaving insufficient time to provide information on courses and fees for next year.

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