Student life is priceless, says postgraduate

Australians should not put a price on the value of higher education, a postgraduate has said.

Corey Payne, who graduated from his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney in 2007 and is currently studying for a Master of Commerce, noted that university life has exposed him to a multitude of new experiences, ideas and people.

Writing for the Liverpool Leader, he observed that in many of Sydney’s poorer communities, children are not brought up to aspire to attend university.

"Children in south-west Sydney are in many instances expected to gain employment as soon as they finish high school," added Mr Payne.

"The child is expected to pay their own way in life and or help contribute to the household bills."

He argued for the value of a university degree, noting that it presents a great opportunity for people to find long-term employment, become a "thought leader" and add real value to the country.

The comments may interest migrants looking to compare student finances in search of the best options. Writing for Reuters last week, freelance columnist Linda Stern claimed that students must "pull out all the stops" in order to afford university.

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