Those who have retrained, how did you afford that? Did you get any government assistance?
I was under the impression that you could only defer uni fees to HECS for a first bachelor degree, and similarly, only receive youth allowance/austudy for one qualification at each level. I have no idea where I might have heard that though.
I did certs III and IV when I was a teenager in a completely unrelated (and fairly useless) field, then a BSc, so figured any further training would be entirely paid for by me. So is obviously never going to happen, otherwise I'd go out right now and enrol in a new degree
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23-04-2016 00:54 #22
I am doing my diploma online using VET Fee help so dont need to start repaying until Im earning over $54k. I think its similar to Hecs
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I was a sahm for 8 years with no real great experience beforehand other than being a checkout chick. I also live in a small rural town with very little job opportunities. So when I landed a job within 2 months of looking last year I was pretty damn greatful. I work in environmental services in a hospital and aged care facility, and while yes it's not the most glamorous job and involves a lot of dirty work and is probably considered mind numbing (cleaning, laundry, kitchen etc.) well you know what, somebody has to do it. And I've had some great experiences with the patients and residents along the way (as well as some not so great ones) my job might seem insignificant but we all have a part to play.
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23-04-2016 07:36 #27Senior Member
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Just to clarify you can access a hecs-help loan for multiple degrees (eg can do 2 bachelors, bachelor-postgrad, multiple postgrad). There is no limit on the number of degrees or any requirement that they be in different fields or at different levels. You can also have multiple commonwealth supported (subsidized) places there is no cap on that either.
If you are studying in something that doesn't have a commonwealth supported place (i.e. A fee paying place) then you are eligible for a fee-help loan which is capped at about $100k (lifetime limit).
Hope this helps 😀
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