23
Jan
How the Government’s Reform Agenda Affects You

An important note to students from the CEO, George Markakis:

How the Government’s Reform Agenda Affects You. I am sure that you have all heard about the Federal 

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Government’s proposed changes to Australia’s higher education system but how does it affect students like you studying with private Higher Education providers like the JMC Academy?

Did you know that if these changes were passed they will:

Reduce your loan debt by 25%?

As a student of a non-university higher education provider you are currently required to pay the Government a 25% administration fee in order to access HELP assistance, a fee that does not apply to public university students. Reform will remove the existing loan fee of 25% for FEE-HELP and 20% for VET FEE-HELP.

Provide you with funding support?

You are currently ineligible for government supported funding – unlike public university students. Proposed reform will provide access to government funding support for all Australian students undertaking an accredited undergraduate course, including a higher education diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree or bachelor degree at any Australian higher education institution, public or private.

Unfortunately media and the Opposition have their entire focus on the public University sector and the fears associated to fee deregulation. While we appreciate that this may be a contentious issue within the University sector, private education has always had fee deregulation.

However what doesn’t get the same amount of ‘airplay’ is how these reforms will make higher education at private providers more affordable with the removal of unfair administration fees and with the extension of supported funding to our students.

It is therefore why I strongly urge you, that if you would like to have your voice heard before these reforms are debated in the Senate, visit http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-student-choice-support-higher-education to sign the petition.

This is a petition co-ordinated by the Australian Council of Private Education and Training which will be presented to the Senators in the coming weeks. Please feel free to share it with both friends and family.

The petition will close at 5.00pm Thursday 5 Feb 2015, to ensure data is prepared prior to the Senate hearing, we urge you to take the time to participate by this date.

If you would like more detail about the proposed reforms, you can visit highered.gov.au.