Student Contributions to University Fees

May 9, 2017

Q. Currently, on average, university students pay 42% of the full cost of their degree and the Government pays 58%. Do you think that students should pay more, should pay less or is the current share about right?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other  
Should pay less 31%   37% 18% 63% 26%  
Should pay more 20%   13% 34% 7% 24%  
Current share about right 37%   41% 38% 24% 39%  
Don’t know 12%   9% 10% 6% 11%  

37% thought that the current share of students’ cost of education is about right. Those most likely to think this were ALP voters (41%) and those aged 55-64 (41%).

31% thought that students should pay less. Those most likely to think this were Greens voters (63%), those aged 18-24 (38%) and those aged 25-34 (38%).

20% thought that students should pay more. Those most likely to think this were Liberal/National voters (34%) and those aged 65+ (31%).

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