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Government a step closer to free education promise

21 November 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

Free tertiary education is just over a month away for first year tertiary students.

The new Labour-led Government has announced they'll be following through with their campaign promise, of making the first year of tertiary education fees-free from 1 January 2018.

They're also boosting student allowances and living cost entitlements by $50 a week.

Minister for Education Chris Hipkins says they've heard the concerns of students and want to make tertiary education and training more affordable for all New Zealanders. 

“Today we are announcing the first of these policies is in place as promised. This will make more than 130,000 students $50 a week better off.

Under the new policy, single students under 24, living away from home, will be eligible for $227, going up from $177 and the maximum amount students can borrow will rise from $178 to $228.

Minister for Education Chris Hipkins. Photo/ Education Central. 

Hipkins says students and families have raised concerns with cost being a real barrier in pursuing tertiary studies.

"Improving affordability and access to tertiary education and training will improve opportunities both for our young people and for adult learners who have previously been deterred from taking on tertiary study and training because of cost."

“New Zealand itself and its economy will also be a big winner, with an ever increasing number of jobs requiring tertiary-level education or training.”

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