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ACT The Liberal Party Rodney Hide

All students should have equal access to tertiary education regardless of race, and should be given equal support by the Government whether they choose to study at a private or public institution
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
The freedom of association should be restored to students by introducing voluntary student union membership

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Metiria Turei

Establishing a universal student allowance, at the level of the unemployment benefit, for all full-time students.
Work towards establishing a public ‘fee-free’ tertiary education system.
Apply zero real rate of interest to student loans.

New Zealand Labour Party Hon Pete Hodgson

Maintain a simplified, capped tuition fee structure to provide certainty as to fee levels to students throughout the duration of their studies
No further interest will be charged for those with student loans who reside in New Zealand
Conduct a specific review of the funding arrangements for medical and dental students
Progressively increase parental income thresholds so that at least half of all fulltime students will receive a student allowance
Increase the number of bonded scholarships which assist students with the costs of fees

Maori Party Dr Pita Sharples  
National Party of New Zealand Katherine Rich

Abolish Community Education courses run by tertiary institutions
Freeze government spending on student enrolment in sub-degree certificate and diploma courses
Introduce spending controls across all tertiary funding
Set student retention and completion requirements for the continued funding of courses
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
Increase the proportion of the tertiary tuition subsidy to at least that of the 1998 budget, in real terms
Increase the proportion of tertiary tuition subsidies for specific courses to increase the number of appropriately qualified graduates
Review the costs of gaining initial medical qualifications, including exploring the option of a 'bonding' system for medical students who are willing to trade-off student loan abatements for staying in New Zealand
Introduce further scholarships to ensure that we keep our best students and provide for research and development expertise

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

Restrict students from borrowing more in student loans for their fees if they have continually failed to pass their courses
Commission research into the long-term impact of student loan debt on the life choices of graduates
Establish a system of scholarships between tertiary providers and the private sector
Establish higher entrance standards for universities and provide funding incentives for universities to limit entry on the basis of academic performance, to shift the emphasis from quantity to quality
Increase the government’s contribution to the costs of vocational courses in fields facing a shortage of qualified personnel and by limit the number of places funded for those qualifications in fields for which there is an oversupply of graduates

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