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Salient. Victoria University Students Newspaper. Volume 38 Number 8. 1975

Tertiary Bursary

Tertiary Bursary

The ten-point plan is an outline which asks, and to some extent answers, the following questions:
1.who is eligible?
2.what sort of bursary?
3.extra allowances for costly courses.
4.what happens to boarding allowances?
5.what happens to bonded students?
6.special provision for married students.
7.special allowances for female students.
8.what happens to part-time students?
9.how much will the standard bursary cost, and who should pay for it?
10.who negotiates?

Most of these questions are not yet fully answered: the negotiators need, above all, suggestions and general students' feelings on this important election-year issue.

In issue Five of Salient there was printed a 10-point plan for a cost of living bursary. This proposal was published for the purpose of discussion by the national offices of the New Zealand University Students' Association; the Student Teachers' Association of New Zealand; and the New Zealand Technical Institute Students' Association.

So far the national offices have had little feed-back from students on what students really think on this issue.

Some of the matters raised in the 10-point plan will require lengthy negotiations with the Government, and so the negotiators will need to have a full understanding of students' needs and feelings before they enter the negotiating room. Controversial questions like; should a student entering university from the lower sixth form receive a full bursary? If not, what about someone who has done two years in the lower sixth? Should someone who is applying for a hardship bursary or a boarding allowance be required to approach their parents and/or their spouses for the money first, or should the state automatically pay for it?

There are many more questions like this that need to be hammered out at campus level first, before any definite proposals can go forward with the negotiating team. The advertised forum at Victoria University is an attempt to start this campus-level discussion. Copies of an updated version of the bursaries plan will be available at the forum.

Think about the points raised in the pamphlet. Discuss them with your fellow students, write to the president of the national office, write to your local MP and to the Minister of Education. If you don't participate, your views won't be considered.