University students who flunk half of their first-year courses could lose financial support under a federal government proposal to curb soaring HELP debts.
The government has its sight set on students who amass debts by over-enrolling in subjects, sometimes at multiple institutions.
Universities will have to make greater efforts to assess academic suitability for selected courses and monitor students ongoing progress.
“These measures will ensure students cant take on a study load they wont complete, leaving them without a qualification but a large debt,” Education Minister Dan Tehan said on Aug 13.
“The lack of transparency of a students enrolment has allowed some non-genuine students to enrol and re-enrol at multiple providers at the same time.”
Under the proposal a student who fails half of their first eight subjects in a degree would lose access to a government-subsidised place and HELP loans.
However, higher education providers would have discretion if a students performance was affected by exceptional circumstances.
Low completion rates wont be transferred if a student changes course.
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