USQ gets $4m govt grant to help disadvantaged students

THE University of Southern Queensland has received a federal government grant of nearly $4.4million to assist disadvantaged students.

Federal Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane said the grant of $4,390,330 would go towards the "Making the Connection" project targeted at helping disadvantaged students, particularly indigenous Australians, to attend university.

"USQ has built a reputation as one of Australia's best regional universities, providing the highest standards of education to local students and many thousands of off-campus students, including people studying from overseas," Mr Macfarlane said.

"This funding will allow USQ to provide more intensive support to disadvantaged students and help them to obtain a life changing education.

"We realise that university education leads to higher paid and higher skilled jobs.

"Higher education is an investment in the long term future of our region and our nation."

Making the Connection aims to widen access for indigenous and non-indigenous incarcerated students.

Several programs will be adapted so that students do not require access to the internet to undertake the studies.


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