6 Apr 2017

Rising costs pushing poorer NZers out of tertiary education

From Morning Report, 8:40 am on 6 April 2017

A new survey says rising rental costs are deterring poorer New Zealanders from getting a university education.

NZUSA  President Jonathan Gee

NZUSA President Jonathan Gee Photo: RNZ

The  Union of Students' Associations has just released a new Income and Expenditure Survey which finds students' costs have risen faster than support.

The key findings of the report were that:
    Access to tertiary education is dropping, especially for our poorest families
    Student housing costs have increased significantly, especially Auckland where the average rent price is $250 per week per room in a three bedroom house
    A third of students do not have enough income to meet their basic needs
    Repayment times for student debt is  increasing
    78% of students believe their student debt will have a significant impact on their ability to save for their retirement

NZUSA  President Jonathan Gee told Morning Report students are struggling to afford food, rent and books.