More students get a helping hand to attend university

A record number of students are now receiving financial support from the Gillard Government to go to university, according to Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters.

“New data shows more than 207,000 Australians received Youth Allowance payments in 2012 to help with the cost of going to university, an eight per cent jump up from 192,000 students in 2011.”

Ms Chesters said the average Youth Allowance payment received by a university student in 2013 is expected to be about $320 a fortnight and all students paid Youth Allowance will also receive Student Start-up Scholarships of $2,050 a year.

“The take up of Start-up Scholarships has increased by 10 per cent and these are helping students begin university on the right foot by helping them with the upfront costs of the books, technology and internet access they need to complete their education successfully.”

In addition, Relocation Scholarships are designed to help students who move away from home to attend university and is especially beneficial for those from rural and regional areas.

“Take up has surged 60 per cent in the past two years. In 2012 more than 41,000 university students received the scholarship compared with 26,000 in 2010. In 2013, eligible students can receive up to $4,048 towards their relocation costs.”

“All these scholarships are helping break down the barriers to university – the upfront costs of an education can be a disincentive for many people, and the scholarships are helping change that,” Ms Chesters said.

“The Gillard Government is helping students when they need it most and it is pleasing to see Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and La Trobe University also helping students from regional Victoria.”

“Their recently announced accommodation and expense scholarships will help local students access the high-quality tertiary education that will lead to better career prospects and 
financial security.”