Charles Sturt University says predicted funding cuts will impact rural and regional students the most.
A fresh push for the federal government to review its “budget-saving measures” comes ahead of a predicted $2.8 billion loss across four years.
It follows the coalition’s decision this year to “squeeze” the funding allocation for tertiary institutions, in an effort to cost save.
CSU vice-chancellor Andrew Vann in May expressed concern the policy proposals would further stress budgets across unis and impact already disadvantaged students.
The university’s second warning comes amid speculation the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) will also be affected.
Acting CSU vice-chancellor Toni Downes said any reduction would devastate already struggling students.
"(It) would have a long-term and lasting impact on regional students in particular,” Professor Downes said. "(The program ensures) access and equity in the higher education sector.”
The vice-chancellor said the program supported students from lower socioeconomic or disadvantaged backgrounds.
She said it enabled them to attend university, making a difference to the lives of young adults who might otherwise not continue with their education.
"Charles Sturt University not only has the highest number of low socio-economic students, we also have the highest graduate employment rates in Australia,” Professor Downes said. “This is clear evidence we are achieving real outcomes.”