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Many higher education students work part-time in order to support their studies. One hundred Education students, predominantly female, in their third and fourth years of study completed a survey focussed on the extent of their work commitments and the nature of other financial support. Students were working, on average, 17 hours per week in up to three jobs. Parents or partners were the next most important source of income. At a time when the Commonwealth Government is introducting fees for higher education courses and requiring an increase in student contributions to the HECS, this study provides support for the conclusion that increased financial demands on students would result in lower participation in higher education, increased stress and less involvement in study.
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