Rob Malicki, From: The Australian, February 25, 2013
I READ with interest John Ross's article "Expanded OS-HELP 'Remains Restricted'" (The Australian, Feb 16th).
OS-HELP is a fee-free, interest-free, HECS-based loan to university students provided in order to help them study overseas. Students can borrow over $6000 to fund their experience, which they later pay back as part of their HECS debt. For a huge number of students this is the difference between being able to study overseas for part of their degree, for example on student exchange or a short term program, or not.
The article discusses ACPET's entirely reasonable submission to the federal government that the OS-HELP scheme should be expanded to VET-level students. However, what is omitted is a little history and a few key facts.
OS-HELP has been in place for a little shy of a decade and was the seemingly magical confluence of industry lobbying, willing politicians, creative bureaucrats, good timing and yes, even gov ...
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