HECS Fees For A Humanities Degree Are Set To Double & People Are Straight-Up Furious About It

The cost of a humanities or communications degree is set to more than double under a new Federal Government plan to drive students into the education, healthcare, and science sectors.

The proposal has been slammed by critics, who believe the changes will block anyone without serious cash from pursuing a humanities degree.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports government funding for tertiary education will soon be overhauled, prioritising degrees in fields like nursing, psychology, English, languages, maths and agriculture.

Students in those courses will soon be expected to cough up between $3,700 and $7,700 a year. That’s a reduction of between 46% to 62% on current levels.

The flip side: a degree in the humanities may soon cost students as much as a law degree, with punters expected to fork out $14,500 a year. That tallies up to just north of $45,000 for a three-year degree.

Current students will be exempt from the fee hikes, but fee reductions will be passed on from next year.

It’s all about the predicted jobs of the future, according to Education Minister Dan Tehan, who is expected to outline the changes at the National Press Club today.

“A cheaper degree in an area where there’s a job is a win-win for students,” says a draft version of his speech.

Not everyone is on Tehan’s wavelength. News of the proposal has sparked a backlash from educators and students, who see the proposal as harmful to students without significant financial privilege.

“This is unacceptable,” the National Union of Students said in a statement.

“While the Education Minister is lowering fees for some courses, it’s at the expense of hundreds of thousands of students studying degrees aren’t seen as ‘job-ready’.

“No student should be left behind or stuck in a mountain of debt… Studying should never be a debt sentence.”

The Union isn’t alone in that position.


The ABC reports interest in tertiary education has spiked for 2021, given the fact that many gap year plans were shot to pieces by coronavirus lockdowns.

Add in the chaos Year 12 students have experienced due to study-from-home arrangements, and it’s looking like a pretty rough time for young guns chasing a degree.

Well, a degree that isn’t blessed by the government, that is.