UA considers call for more government-funded enrolments

Universities Australia (UA) may soon call on the government to increase funding for domestic enrolments next year, it has been reported.

According to the Australian, the proposal to raise the cap on government-funded over-enrolments could help universities weather a downturn in international students.

It is thought the idea is one of several the UA is considering putting to immigration minister Chris Evans when they meet on July 26th.

This year, the government raised the enrolment cap on undergraduate places from five per cent to ten per cent, with universities enrolling students above the cap rendering themselves ineligible for commonwealth funding.

As the Australian observed, institutions like the University of NSW that have over-enrolled students this year are likely to support the UA’s idea, but others are worried that a blowout in costs for the government from an accelerated expansion could rebound on the sector if the government were forced later to cut funding for enrolments.

Government action in this area is sure to impact on the options of Aussies looking to compare student finances. Earlier this week, student Evan Ruccolo wrote for News that graduates are struggling to deal with the world’s challenging economic conditions upon leaving university.

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