Parents and students can now determine the estimated costs of University based on their career choices and living options thanks to the Australian Scholarships Groups’ unique new online University Costs Calculator.
The online University Costs Calculator is the second calculator ASG has developed and it supports ASG’s Secondary Schooling Costs Calculator. The new University Costs Calculator takes all the hard work out of estimating the future university costs for students because it supplies all the necessary information about university course costs by profiling 77 career paths (based on HECS subject categories) and living options, including living at home with parents, living in university halls of residence, living independently, or boarding through a program such as Homestay.
The Calculator represents the full spectrum of costs, including textbooks, equipment and course supplies; computer and internet access; accommodation (including establishment costs for accommodation); groceries and food; utilities; public transport; entertainment; and ancillary costs such as phone calls, and medical expenses.
The calculator’s simple online interface allows parents or students to select a state or national average, key in the birth or university start date details, then select a career path and living option to determine the current and future cost of attending university. The University Costs Calculator then presents the estimated total costs parents and students can expect to pay for gaining a university education on a year-by-year and total basis. The calculator presents information for individual and subsequent students in one simple screen.
No personal information is collected from parents or students using the calculator so it can be used with confidence to fully explore cost and affordability issues.
“The Calculator is simple to use and freely available. If users want to keep a record of the information, they simply print out the results or email the results to themselves. The Calculator is a really useful tool for every family and student concerned about planning for further education,” said ASG’s General Manager of Communities, Mr Warwick James.
Formed more than 30 years ago from a co-operative of parents, ASG is a not-for-profit
friendly society specialising in children’s education benefits programs.