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Old 08-20-2017, 05:11 AM
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University fees.

Hello,

I'm just enquiring on behalf of my partners sister.
She is a permanent resident from the UK (been here over 10 years) but not a citizen, she is looking to go to uni next year but we're confused about the cost with the new changes.

Will she be charged as an international student ? Does she have to pay the fees up front ? Can she get a HECS debt ?
Also if she does her citizenship test before applying and all goes well will she immediately be able to study at the cost of any other citizen or is there a waiting time ?

Any help would be appreciated!
Thank you for your time as always!


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Old 08-20-2017, 05:32 AM
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*All depends on a few things like the courses and stuff*

Will she be charged as an international student ?

* I don't think it was "international" but it is not government subsidized so from memory is 60ish% more than a citizen.

Does she have to pay the fees up front ?

* No

Can she get a HECS debt ?

* Sure this is yes.

Also if she does her citizenship test before applying and all goes well will she immediately be able to study at the cost of any other citizen or is there a waiting time ?

* again I think it is a fee per term, so only after citizenship is granted will the fees be reduced for the following term.

** a few comments were made on a thread about the time the changes were announced in relation to this.


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Amazing, thank you for your response Ampk! I'll try hunt down the previous conversations.


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Bill hasn't passed into the law yet but suggest to act on presumption it will.
She will have to pay ~3x cost compared to Commonwealth sponsored place, making it on par with international students. She may be able to access HECS-HELP loan (interest-free, paid upon reaching income threshold).
Her best bet is to apply for Citizenship ASAP. If system is closed for new applications - post it (registered).
Once she enters Uni, they may refuse to switch her to lower rate (happened at QUT).
Suspect tertiary education and citizenship bills are linked and aimed to fix the budget.


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