Yes, total backflip. It's for ALL students PP, not just new ones. This press release is more recent than the one you saw and quoted above other PP.
The Government has announced that, subject to the passage of legislation, from 1 January 2013, the maximum student contribution amounts for all students enrolled in maths or science units will increase from the National Priority rate ($4,520 per EFTSL in 2012, indexed annually) to Band 2 ($8,050 per EFTSL in 2012, indexed annually).http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassis...d-science-units
This means that the maximum student contribution amounts for mathematics, statistics and science units of study will now be the same for all students, no matter when they commenced their course.
I am so so so gutted.
I was just talking to another friend of mine who is a mature age single parent. A recent increase in the cost of JET, plus now the doubling of the cost of her degree and she's seriously considering quitting before census date because she's finally been priced out of tertiary education.
How can they do this to us half way though our degree.
I was paying $540 per subject minus a 20% discount for paying up front. (Last year that discount was reduced to 10%) I was not deferring to HECS but rather paying upfront.
Therefor I was paying about $460 per subject. Now I will be paying between $1045 and $1300 per subject.
Obviously I can't pay that upfront so I will deffer and it will attract 3% inflation per year. So I'll be going from paying $460 per subject up front to deferring up to $1300 per subject. Then of course the SA fee of $200 per year was added last year so the degree will be close to 3 times what I expected it would cost when I started.
I'm also wondering if it's worth it. I am just so down right now that I want to quit.
Edited by Bek+3, 25 February 2013 - 03:39 PM.