A vibrant tertiary sector is vital for the social, cultural, environmental and economic wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand.
We believe that access to tertiary education is primarily a public good.
We will work towards a tertiary education system in which fees are lowered, student debt is phased out, and the eligibility to student allowances is extended.
We will ensure that funding for research and institutions takes the public interest into account and is accountable and transparent.
Specific Policy Points:
- Support keeping the current zero interest scheme
- Ensure that repayment rates reflect borrowers' ability to repay by adjusting the repayment thresholds to start at a higher income level, and introduce a progressive repayment scheme
- Review levels of student support to ensure they are at an equitable and liveable level
- Work towards a universal student allowance by progressively reducing the age at which students cease to be means tested on their parents' income and continue to raise the parental income threshold
- Reinstate access to the Student Allowance for those studying postgraduate courses
- Work towards a public 'fee-free' tertiary education system by capping and then progressively reducing student fees
- Review funding mechanisms to explore alternatives to EFTS funding
- Ensure Tertiary Institutions are adequately funded