just heard the Tertiary Education Commission has approved a
whooping 10% increase in undergraduate fees for 2007 at
Massey University. This means students will have to pay up
to $700 more a year to get their degree.
decision is an extreme disappointment,” said Paul Falloon,
President of the Massey University Students’ Association,
“The government has failed to properly fund the university
and has left students to bare the brunt of years of under
Massey applied to the TEC for an exemption to
the normal 5% cap on fee increases. “Clearly the Fee
Maxima policy does not work, because it does nothing to
address the lack of government investment in tertiary
education” adds Mr Falloon.
Postgraduate fees are also
set to increase with research fees going up 100% or $1500
and taught postgraduate fees by up to $500 as well.
government’s supposed concern over student debt levels is
completely negated by allowing astronomical fee increases
such as those seen in the 1990s,” Liz Hawes, President of
Massey’s Extramural Students’ Society said “This
result completely wipes out gains made through the Interest
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