Students cheer $6bn plan to phase in free study starting from 2018 and increase living allowances

Jacinda Ardern has made a bid to secure the youth vote in New Zealand’s upcoming elections by announcing that she will fast-track a Labour party policy to phase in three years of free tertiary education and boost student allowances by $50 a week.

Announcing the policy in her Mount Albert electorate in Auckland, Ardern said that from next year students starting tertiary education would get one year of free study under a Labour government. From 2021 those starting tertiary education would get two years free, and from 2024 three years. The overall cost of the package is $6bn.

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