Tertiary student poverty ignored by policy makers

Passing the baton to the kids of the wealthy hasn’t changed (ODT)

Extreme student poverty is not new. Since 2006, around one in seven full time, domestic undergraduate students have regularly gone without food or other necessities because of a lack of finances, according to Universities Australia research.

These are not rich students who are temporarily short of cash, but students from poorer backgrounds who are struggling to survive at university. These students have problems with accommodation, transport, food, clothing and even medication. Not surprisingly, these students’ studies are also impacted.

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