17 May 2013

Changes restrict mature student's access to education

6:34 am on 17 May 2013

The national Maori tertiary students association says mature students' access to adult education will be restricted - because of changes to availability of student allowances, announced in the Budget.

They include removing eligibility to people aged 65 years and older; and entitlement to people 40 years and older, to only receive an allowance for 120 weeks, instead of the current 200 weeks.

The changes take effect next year on 1 January.

Te Mana Akonga, (the national Maori student association) tumuaki Ivy Harper said many Maori at Whare Wananga are mature students over the age of 55.

She said the changes will limit their access to education, and asks who would want to take on more debt.