sometimes I forget that Americans have to pay for university upfront like what the fuck is that are u guys ok
No we’re not okay.
We’re not okay at all.
After we get accepted into the university course we want, we have to obviously fill out our details etc. and there’s a day specifically about this. One of the sheets is a commonwealth government assistance scheme, or HECs. All we do is apply for it, I’m pretty sure everyone gets accepted… well everyone I know at university has HECs.
Then, we may have to pay like $50-$80 a semester just for like student amenities or some shit, but if you don’t pay it for ages they don’t really care… I’m pretty sure I never paid that fee at my past university and they don’t care now. So then yeah, the textbooks are pretty expensive - for some classes, you might need to spend $300+, so it can get pretty hefty. However, if you’re classed as underprivileged (your parents don’t earn much, you’re disabled, etc.) then you get centrelink - another commonwealth benefits scheme that a lot of Australia is on. If you apply for the studier allowance they can give you up to $5,000 for moving out, starting at uni or another reason - then some people can get like $500 a fortnight ongoing. I can’t claim centrelink, even though my parents earn under the threshold and I moved interstate from them anyway. It’s very blanketed and flawed, but helpful to those who truly need it.
Then yeah, so you go on your merry way throughout university and then next minute, you’re out of uni and you get a job that pays over $40,000 and then the HECs just comes out of your tax, so you never see the money… it just vanishes. I guess you can just see it as earning a little less than what you actually do and then you don’t miss it at all. Like I’m pretty sure barely anything actually comes out anyway.
Don’t get me wrong, the courses are still super expensive and if you’re not an Australian citizen then you have to pay upfront. But it does give you time to breath, and time to save; which is great.
i put my headphones into the microphone jack by accident and i was like “oops wrong hole” and i laughed for 78 minutes
there was literally no point at all in making all the pictures on text posts into little gray boxes what the fuck was staff thinking