The Government’s funding decision that will give all Australian students studying at The University of Notre Dame Australia support towards the cost of their undergraduate degree is welcome and timely with the release of Year 12 results out this morning.
It’s anticipated this means the fees for these students at UNDA will be the same as public universities.
The changes, which will allow Notre Dame students to have full access to Commonwealth Government Higher Education support funding, were included in the government’s Mid-Year Economic Financial Outlook released yesterday.
“These changes are an endorsement of Notre Dame, its contribution to the Australian Higher Education Sector, the outstanding education provided to its students, and the significant contribution its graduates make to Australian society,” said Vice Chancellor, Professor Francis Campbell.
The changes will come into effect in January 2021.
Currently Full-Fee paying students pay the full cost of their degrees. This change will mean these students will now have access to a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), which reduces the amount a student pays.
Notre Dame Business student Heath Cauchi was pleased to hear the change will also apply to continuing students as well as the new cohort. “I also think this will even out the decision making for incoming students. Some people are more concerned about the costs of university than others, and this news means that they can make a decision now based on what’s best for them from a purely educational point of view,” he said.
This change is also particularly good news for students based in Broome who will now be able to study on-campus in Broome, as they will not need to travel to access a CSP.
“Importantly, not only will Notre Dame undergraduate students now pay the same fees as if they were to attend a public university, Notre Dame’s Indigenous students and students from low SES and regional and remote backgrounds, will now have the equitable access to Government funded programs that are targeted to supporting the participation and success of these students at university.”
Education Minister, Dan Tehan, said the promotion of Notre Dame to a Table A university under the Higher Education Support Act recognised its focus on student outcomes and industry engagement.
“The increased funding will support the conversion of approximately 2,200 non-medical bachelor full fee-paying places at the university into Commonwealth Supported Places from 2021,” he said.
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