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Education - Student Assistance

ACT The Liberal Party Rodney Hide

Students should contribute something towards the cost of their education, but should not be burdened with a debt which will take many years to repay
Encourage students to achieve their potential by modernising bursary awards and encouraging scholarships

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Metiria Turei

Introduce a debt write-off scheme so that, at the end of studies, each year the person stays in Aotearoa and contributes through paid or unpaid full time work, a year's worth of debt will be wiped
Establishing a universal student allowance, at the level of the unemployment benefit, for all full-time students (including students aged 16 and 17 in tertiary education)
Work towards establishing a public ‘fee-free’ tertiary education system.
Education should be learner centred, equitable, responsive, diverse, innovative, socially responsible, ecologically aware, publicly accountable and of high quality
Work with student associations, tertiary institutions, local government and other stakeholders to facilitate affordable and accessible public transport to and between campuses

New Zealand Labour Party Hon Chris Carter

No further interest will be charged for those with student loans who reside in New Zealand
Progressively increase parental income thresholds so that at least half of all fulltime students will receive a student allowance
Continue to increase parental income thresholds each year by the rate of inflation
Increase the personal income abatement rate for student allowances each year by the rate of inflation
Increase the number of bonded scholarships which assist students with the costs of fees

Maori Party
Te Ururoa Flavell  
National Party of New Zealand Katherine Rich

Make all net interest payments on student loans tax deductible against earned income

New Zealand First Hon Brian Donnelly

Introduce the first step towards a universal student allowance and proceed over three years to full implementation by progressively increasing the family income levels at which the abatement commences and when allowances disappear
Introduce further scholarships (especially at post graduate level) to ensure that we keep our best students and provide for research and development expertise
Set interest rates on student loans at Consumer Price Index (CPI) plus 2%
Only charge interest (whilst the student is engaged in study) at a rate equal to the CPI
Introduce a system that encourages graduates to provide a professional service for areas of New Zealand that suffer from a shortage of such services by way of fees abatement

Progressive Coalition
Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

Ensure that students are fairly treated by increasing the accommodation supplement to match that received by young people on the dole
Recognise the impact of student loan debt on raising a family by freezing interest and writing off a portion of the debt of parents for two years after the birth of a child.
Establish a system of scholarships between tertiary providers and the private sector.
Restrict students from borrowing more in student loans for their fees if they have continually failed to pass their courses.
Keep graduates in New Zealand and minimise their loan debt by establishing scholarships and loan write-off schemes for those who are qualified in fields facing shortages

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