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UWA statement on fees

  23 September 2014

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UWAThe University of Western Australia has revealed its fee structure under the government’s fee deregulation plans, advising a Senate committee it would charge an annual fee of $16,000 – $48,000 for a three year degree – for the five basic undergraduate courses it offers. 

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The University of Western Australia has become one of the first universities in Australia to reveal its pricing strategy in a future deregulated higher education sector.

Based on current legislation before the Federal Senate, UWA proposes to set an annual fee of $16,000 for domestic full-time students enrolled in its five undergraduate degree courses, starting from 2016.

In a submission today to the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment, the University said it had decided to take the initiative and announce its proposed fees in a bid to end widespread and uninformed speculation about possible fee levels.

UWA is offering future students the opportunity to obtain a three-year undergraduate degree from one of the world’s top 100 universities for less than $50,000.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Alec Cameron said the announcement would also provide clarity and certainty to current and prospective students.

“The University feels compelled to announce its fees proposal at the earliest opportunity to provide greater certainty to current and prospective students about its pricing plans in a deregulated market,” Professor Cameron said.

“However, this fee pricing strategy would need to be reconsidered should the Senate make amendments to the Bill.”

Professor Cameron said the fee scheme, based on the University’s internationally recognised new course structure, was simple, easy to understand, and encouraged students to embark on a broad and diverse education.

“All UWA undergraduate degrees lead to a range of professional degrees at postgraduate level with a high level of flexibility,” he said.

“UWA graduates consistently rank as the most employable in Western Australia, regardless of which course they study.  In our view this justifies a common pricing approach.”

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