Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with her New Zealand counterpart Gerry Brownlee at a joint press conference in Sydney. (Picture: AAP)
Under the government’s Higher Education Reform package, New Zealand citizens and permanent residents will no longer be eligible for government subsidies under the Commonwealth Grants System (CGS). Instead, they will be able to take out student loans to cover the full cost of fees.
In 2015, 16,912 permanent residents accessed the CGS, including 6,757 New Zealanders.
Professor Sarah Todd, pro vice-chancellor (international) at Griffith University,.said the reform would have a big impact on Griffith’s enrolments. “Colleagues in New Zealand universities who are expecting an influx of Australian-based New Zealanders heading back to go to university. Similarly, there are New Zealand students who come here just to go to university and it’s expected that they will stay at home,” Professor Todd said
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