CQUniversity says fee increase is not a cash grab

IT WAS labelled a "grab for cash" by some disgruntled students, but CQUniversity says an apparent increase in fees will not leave affected students worse off.

On an online forum one student voiced his outrage over the cost for each unit of his course increasing from $1950 last semester to $2800 in this year - a 44% increase.

But a CQUniversity spokesperson said changes affected less than 100 students from Business and IT postgraduate programs, and the fees took into account government guidelines.

Responding to the comments online, CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman decided to award a partial fee waiver to those who started studying these courses before end of 2014.

A spokesperson said CQUniversity had recently adjusted its postgraduate course structures in line with changes mandated by the Australian Qualifications Framework, the national system of qualification.

The major adjustment has been a "harmonisation" between CQU's subjects.

Previously each subject was made up of eight credit points, but to bring them in line with the AQF system they were reduced to six. "This change meant that some eight credit point subjects became more expensive than their six credit point counterparts," the spokesperson said

As a result, CQUniversity has now adjusted fees so the cost per subject remains around the same for most affected students.

"No domestic postgraduate student in an affected program will be worse off."



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