Enhanced student allowance for health workforce priority areas
With interest-free student loans and first-year fees-free, the biggest financial challenge facing students is not education costs, but rather supporting themselves financially during their studies. This problem is exacerbated in healthcare education programmes where clinical placements are a key component of learning, such as Nursing.
Two changes to our current student allowance scheme would address these financial challenges:
- Remove all forms of income testing for student allowance in priority healthcare education programmes
- Double the student allowance entitlement for students enrolled in priority healthcare education programmes
These two changes would provide strong incentives for students to enrol in priority healthcare education programmes. It is worth noting that priority areas could/should be changed over time, based on forecast health workforce needs.
Why the contribution is important
Many students enrolled in healthcare education programmes are struggling to support themselves financially, leading to higher than desirable attrition rates. These financial pressures are particularly evident when the students are on placement, as they typically are unable to concurrently work part-time. Furthermore, with increased fuel costs, traveling to provincial/rural clinical placements is now financially out of reach for many students, which is expected to create further workforce shortages in these regions.
by waikatojo on October 30, 2022 at 12:19PM