Some Full-Time Uni Students Are Forced To Pay Full Fare Due To Loophole

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Some Full-Time Uni Students Are Forced To Pay Full Fare Due To Loophole

A loophole has seen some university students forced to pay full fare on public transport, despite studying full-time.

According to NSW Transport Guidelines, full-time students are eligible for discounted transport fares.

However, students who study full-time at universities outside of NSW have been found to be outside eligibility requirements.

For example, if a student is from Sydney but attending ANU in Canberra, they are required to pay full fare when visiting family in NSW.

"Students who are residing in another State or Territory on days when classes are held and returning to a residence in NSW at other times (such as on weekends and during breaks between semesters) are not considered to be NSW residents for concession eligibility," said Transport for NSW, reports smh.com.au.

And it turns out that all states and territories, apart from the Northern Territory, have the same law in place, stating that student discounts are only available if you reside in that state. 

This may also be an issue if trying to use a student ID for a discount at the shops or the movies, with students advised to check whether retailers offer concession rates for nationally or on a state-based system.

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