Victoria University welcomes the reintroduction of student service fees made possible after the passage of the Higher Education Support Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill in the Federal Parliament last week.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic and Students Professor Greg Baxter said the new law would allow the University to provide a wider range of services for the benefit of students from first semester next year.
"Student services fees will be used to support student representation activities, orientation, and clubs and societies," Professor Baxter said.
"We will also be able to maintain and develop student life activity spaces such as lounges and student association offices, to subsidise child care and sport and fitness activities for students and to support other student experience strategies."
From first semester 2012 higher education students will be charged a fee of $125 per semester for full-time students and $62.50 a semester for part-time students. Students may choose to defer payment under the same government scheme as HECS.
Fees for TAFE students are still being finalised, but students who have a Health Care Card will be charged a lower fee.
Other services will be identified by the University's Student Services Amenities Fee Committee. Allocation of funds from these fees will be in accordance with the guidelines, which exclude political activities.
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