Education and communications reporter Fergus Hunter’s article, “Cost of priority degrees to be slashed, some fees to soar in funding overhaul”, was the most commented-on article in the Herald and The Age in the past week.
Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan announced that fees for university courses in health, teaching and science will be cut while the cost of popular humanities, law and commerce degrees will increase.
The cost of humanities and communications courses will more than double, with a year of full-time study costing $14,500, up from $6684 this year. Fees for law and commerce will increase 28 per cent to $14,500 a year, up from $11,155. A full three-year program in these disciplines will cost students about $43,500 as the government slashes its funding contribution.
Teaching, nursing, clinical psychology, English, languages, maths and agriculture courses will cost $3700 a year, down between 46 and 62 per cent. Fees for science, health, architecture, environmental science, IT and engineering will drop 20 per cent, with a year of study costing $7700.