Major university confirms $100,000 degrees on the way

The University of Western Australia has announced it will significantly increase fees if the Abbott Government’s deregulation package goes ahead, with some hitting the $100,000 mark.

UWA will charge $48,000 for a broad-based, three-year undergraduate degree – up to triple the current fee for a student studying courses such as education, nursing and the arts, and double today’s costs for science students.

Like the University of Melbourne, UWA runs a three-year broad-based undergraduate degree followed by a two-year master’s degree for specialist qualifications such as teaching, nursing and law.

With many students undertaking postgraduate qualifications, $100,000 debts will quickly become a reality, with law likely to be more than $95,000 and medicine more than $100,000. 

The Abbott Government has consistently dismissed reputable modelling pointing to $100,000 degrees but has refused to produce any government analysis or modelling to the contrary.

Now UWA has confirmed that spiralling costs and crippling debts will quickly become the norm if the changes are implemented. 

As the Senate inquiry into the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 conducts its first hearing today, the full extent of the Abbott Government’s threat to Australia’s higher education system will be under scrutiny.

Labor remains implacably opposed to a morally bankrupt and reckless plan to destroy one of the best and fairest higher education systems in the world.

It will not be party to the Americanisation of universities in Australia, with $100,000 degrees that shut the door to a degree for thousands of young Australians and pave the way for a lifetime debt sentence.


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