Govt support cap could hit medical students

MEDICAL students say they would be the worst affected if the Gillard Government fails in its bid to remove a cap on how many years of university education is government-subsidised. 

The Student Learning Entitlement currently requires tertiary students to pay full fees for any study undertaken after they have received seven years of government-supported education through the Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) program.

However, the Gillard Government has flagged plans to introduce a bill into Parliament that would abolish the seven-year limit set by the previous government in 2005. Existing arrangements would start cutting off the first affected cohort of students’ subsidies next year.

The Opposition has backed increasing government support to eight years but has argued against leaving the time frame open-ended.

Australian Medical Students’ Association president Robert Marshall dismissed the eight-year compromise, saying