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Income-contingent financing of student charges for higher education: assessing the Australian innovation

Chapman, Bruce; Ryan, Chris


In Australia in 1989, for the first time in the world, a broadly-based income contingent loan policy for the payment of higher education charges was adopted, when the government introduced the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS). This can be seen to be a watershed in terms of the relationship between economic theory and education policy. Fourteen years later it is timely to revisit the arguments for its introduction and review Australia’s experience with income contingent charging for...[Show more]

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Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: Welsh Journal of Education


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