New economic modelling has found university students are struggling financially more than ever.
The average university student will earn about $240 per week from all sources, but will have to spend about $540 on essentials such as food and rent.
Over the past decade, living costs have risen by 50 per cent, while Youth Allowance has only gone up by about 30 per cent.
The average student will also graduate with a HECS debt of about $20,000 and many will never be able to pay it off.
Related: Students' $250 fee for uni services UNIVERSITY students face new compulsory fees of up to $250 a year to fund campus activities such as debating clubs, counselling services and student newspapers.