Medical students rejoice as entitlement scheme cap topples

MEDICAL students have welcomed the demise of the Student Learning Entitlement (SLE) system, which capped government support at seven years.

The scheme was recently axed by an act of Parliament just in time to save many from having to seek bank loans to continue studying.

Introduced by the Coalition in 2005, the scheme required tertiary students to pay full fees for any study undertaken after they had received seven years of government-supported education through the commonwealth-supported places program.

Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) president Robert Marshall said if the Senate had not passed the Higher Education Support Amendment Bill 2011 – effectively abolishing the SLE system earlier this month – many students would have had to find another way to pay for their degree, with bank loans likely in some cases.

“The SLE system created unnecessary red tape, and its abolition will mean that medical