Crown: Don't look at assets when assessing grant criteria

Crown: Don't look at assets when assessing grant criteria

An independent senator says a system should be put in place which "rigorously analyses" a family's income, when assessing whether a student would qualify for a college grant.

John Crown's comments come as reports today suggest that farmers and the self employed may not only have to declare all of their assets when being means-tested for a third level grant but they may also be required to show their earnings for the previous three years.

An expert group is currently looking at ways to improve how college grants are means tested and they will make their recommendations to the Education Minister in the coming weeks.

But Crown says assets should not be looked at and instead a family's income should be assessed.


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