Funding to help disadvantaged students get higher education

SOUTHERN Cross University will receive $140,000 in funding for to help more students to access and succeed at higher education.

Page MP Kevin Hogan said the Federal Government's investment under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme National Priority Pool projects would help more students from low-socio economic status backgrounds access and benefit from tertiary education.

"This project will focus on bite-sized maths to build the understanding and mathematics capability of low socio-economic statues students," Mr Hogan said.

"It will improve access to mathematics resources based on the student's own rate and level of learning.

"We know that students in regional locations or from disadvantaged backgrounds often face extra barriers getting into and staying at university and the Turnbull Government is committed to delivering fresh, practical approaches to improving their educational opportunities."

The grant to Southern Cross University is one of 21 national priority pool projects being funded across Australia.

"The Turnbull Government is committed to working with Australian universities to ensure improved access to high-quality education and training for all Australian students no matter where they live and no matter their background," Mr Hogan said.

"This funding will open up new ways of helping people from disadvantaged circumstances get an education that expands their opportunities, particularly Indigenous students and those living in regional and remote areas."

Mr Hogan said the projects would help universities undertake vital research to build the evidence base, pilot innovative approaches and improve programme delivery to better support access to tertiary education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

"This funding for Southern Cross University not only means more students will be able to undertake further study, but it will also offer greater opportunities for success."

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