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The access implications of income contingent charges for higher education: lessons from Australia

Chapman, Bruce; Ryan, Chris


This paper describes the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS), Australia's income contingent charge mechanism, and analyses its impact on the social composition of university participation. We analyse university participation data from three cohorts of young Australians. The first cohort completed their schooling prior to the introduction of HECS, the second following its introduction and the third after the scheme was amended substantially. We find that the social composition of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: Economics of Education Review
DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2004.08.009


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