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HECS-HELP loan has increased 7.1% due to inflation indexation as graduates lament growing debts

Summary

From June 1, the Australian government has imposed a 7.1% indexation rate increase on student loans, resulting in an extra cost of $1700 for the average loan and an overall increase of $4.5 billion. The National Union of Students has called for a freeze on the indexation, claiming that the government will profit $2.5 billion from students and graduates this year. This has caused financial distress for many, including Ruby Basson and Jane Body, who have been unable to pay off their loans and have had to delay their plans to buy a house. The NUS has expressed concern that this will lead to fewer people opting for tertiary education and called for the government to take action.

Q&As

What is the percentage increase in HECS-HELP loans due to inflation indexation?
7.1%

How much have HECS loans increased in value as a result of the change?
$4.5 billion

What is the National Union of Students calling for to allow another solution to rising HECS debt?
A freeze on HECS indexation

What is the rate of indexation for HECS loans when income is between $48,361 and $55,836?
1%

What is the emotional impact of the HECS loan increase on graduates?
It has caused emotional setback and delayed the ability to buy a home.

AI Comments

👍 This article provides a detailed look into the financial strain young people face due to the recent 7.1% increase in HECS-HELP loan indexation as inflation continues to rise. It is important to bring awareness to the issue and to highlight the struggles of those affected.

👎 This article fails to provide any solutions to the issue of increasing HECS-HELP loan indexation and does not address the potential long-term effects that this could have on young people's financial security.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about how the HECS-HELP loan has increased 7.1% due to inflation indexation, which is causing a lot of financial pain for younger Australians. The National Union of Students has found that the total value of HECS loans will increase by $4.5 billion as a result of the change, with the average debt projected to increase by $1700. They're calling for a freeze on HECS indexation to allow another solution to be put in place.

Friend: That's really concerning. It's really unfair for the government to pass the extra cost onto students and graduates. It's going to be really hard for people to pay off their loans now, especially with wage growth lagging behind inflation.

Me: Yeah, it's definitely going to have a huge impact on people's lives. People like Ruby Basson, the uni graduate in the article, have to dip into their home deposit savings to pay off their loans. It's also going to set people back in terms of their ability to buy their own property, and make it harder for people to qualify for tertiary education.

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Technical terms

HECS-HELP loan
Higher Education Contribution Scheme-Higher Education Loan Program loan, a loan provided by the Australian government to help students pay for their tertiary education.
Inflation indexation
The process of adjusting a loan or other financial instrument to account for inflation.
Cost of living crisis
A situation in which the cost of basic necessities such as food, housing, and transportation is rising faster than wages.
Indexation rate
The rate at which a loan or other financial instrument is adjusted to account for inflation.
Wage growth
The rate at which wages increase over time.
Inflation
The rate at which the prices of goods and services increase over time.
Repayments
Payments made to repay a loan or other debt.
Threshold
The minimum amount of income or other criteria that must be met in order to qualify for a loan or other financial instrument.
Not-for-profit
An organization that does not seek to make a profit, but instead focuses on providing services to the public.
Advocacy
The act of speaking out in support of a cause or issue.

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