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New VET Student Loans a win-win for students and taxpayers

New VET Student Loans a win-win for students and taxpayers

5 October, 2016

The Turnbull Government will introduce a new affordable, sustainable and student-focussed vocational education and training student loans program for 2017 in a win-win for students and taxpayers.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Loans program, which replaces Labor’s failed VET FEE-HELP scheme, will provide value for money to both students and taxpayers via tougher barriers to entry for providers, properly considered loan caps on courses, stronger course eligibility criteria that aligns with industry needs, mandatory student engagement measures, a p... Read more »

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