TO study or not to study, that is the question.

As Year 12 students come to the end of their schooling, many are faced with the question of whether or not to go to university - and in an industrial city like Gladstone, higher education is not always the most obvious choice.

The majority of degrees generally consist of three to four years full time study, and the costs associated can be substantial.

Central Queensland University business development manager Ruth Kinslow said the costs could be excessive.

"The fees range between $4500 to $9500 for a full time year and that varies," she said.

Ms Kinslow said despite the costs there was government help.

"There's the usual HECS and a range of different support for different courses," she said.

"The other thing is there are always scholarships."

Ms Kinslow said university was an investment.

"It provides stable learning career advancement and increases options," she said.

As for the future benefits, Ms Kinslow said there were three major benefits.

"One is having a greater choice of careers," she said.

"Then being open to promotional positions and the longevity involved."

Chatting to the Gladstone public, some people were open but apprehensive about going to university, due to the costs and time needed.

Rikki-lea Kriel said there was not enough incentive for people to go to university.

"You can't even claim any uni related expenses on tax without working in that field," she said.

"No wonder all uni students are broke."

Shannara Emmerton said it depended on what you wanted out of life.

"I'm about to finish my degree and will be getting paid less yearly (at the start) than friends of mine who are process techs at the smelter," she said.

"But if the work/career is important to you, uni is definitely worth it."

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What it costs

The Australian Government contributes towards course costs for Commonwealth supported students.

Students also pay a student contribution, which can be borrowed from the government under the HECS-HELP scheme.

Current 2012 student contributions per full-time year:

  • National priorities (mathematics, statistics and science): $0 to $4520.
  • Band 1 humanities (behavioural science, clinical psychology, education, nursing, social studies, foreign languages, visual and performing arts) $0 to $5648.
  • Band 2 (computing, built environment, health, engineering, surveying, agriculture: $0 to $8050.
  • Band 3 (dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, accounting, administration): $0 to $9425.


Do you think there are enough government incentives to study at university?

This poll ended on 30 November 2012.

Current Results

Yes. It's an investment in your future.


No. I'd rather do a trade and start earning money straight away.


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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