The Federal Government could save more than $1 billion if it recovered outstanding debts from student loans, a new report says.
The Grattan Institute says about 17 per cent of the Government’s HELP loans will not be repaid and this year that works out to about $1.1 billion.
The think tank says arts graduates are least likely to repay their student loan and it also points out female graduates who work part-time.
Oooooh there’s something that’s really getting to me about “female graduates who work part-time” and I’m having trouble articulating it properly. Is it “please maybe we could think more about WHY women are working part-time - is it because child care is too expensive? Is it because it is all they could negotiate after returning to work after having children?” Or, also, like, “THEY’RE COMPLETELY ALLOWED TO WORK PART TIME.” And that it has always been part of the rules that if you don’t hit that threshold you don’t have to pay it back.
This is a messy post.