Tuition Assurance - Domestic students
Under the provisions of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and the associated Higher Education Provider Guidelines, the UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia (UCL Australia) is required to provide a tuition assurance arrangement for persons, other than overseas students*, who are enrolled in higher education courses it offers. This requirement is to protect students in the event that UCL Australia ceases to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled. The meaning of ‘ceasing to provide a course of study’ is set out in the HEP Guidelines (available here).
In the event that the UCL Australia ceases to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled the student is entitled to a choice of:
a) an offer of a place in a similar course of study with a Second Provider without any requirement to pay the Second Provider any student contribution or tuition fee for any replacement units (this is known as the “Course Assurance Option”);
b) a refund of his or her up-front payments for any unit of study that the student commences but does not complete because UCL Australia ceases to provide the course of study of which the unit forms part (this is known as the “Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option”)
UCL Australia has met the tuition assurance requirements of the HESA through its current membership of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) Australian Student Tuition Assurance Scheme (ASTAS). Contact details for ACPET are:
Australian Council for Private Education and Training
Suite 101, Level 1
126 Wellington Parade
Ph: (03) 9416 1355
If UCL Australia ceases to provide a course of study, ACPET will send a student enrolled in the course of study a Written Tuition Assurance Offer (the Offer) advising the student of the options available under the tuition assurance requirements. The Offer will include directions that the student must follow in order to notify ACPET of the choice they have made for each affected unit. ACPET will provide this Offer within twenty Business Days after it knows, or should now by reasonable enquiries that UCL Australia has ceased to provide the course or study.
The courses of study for which UCL Australia has ACPET membership are:
- Master of Science (MSc) Energy and Resources Management
- Graduate Diploma in Energy and Resources
- Graduate Certificate in Energy and Resources
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
A student may choose either:
The Course Assurance Option:
Under the course assurance option, a student will be offered a place in a similar course of study by the Australian Council for Private Education & Training (ACPET) Overseas Tuition Assurance Scheme. If the student accepts this option, the Australian Council for Private Education & Training (ACPET) Overseas Tuition Assurance Scheme will make all necessary arrangements to ensure a student is able to enrol with the Second Provider in the similar course of study. This offered course will lead to the same or a comparable qualification without any requirement on the part of the student to pay the Second Provider any student contribution or tuition fee for any replacement units (that is, units that the student had commenced but not completed because the course ceased to be offered). A student will receive full credit from the Second Provider for any units of study successfully completed at UCL Australia.
The Second Provider nominated by Australian Council for Private Education & Training (ACPET) Overseas Tuition Assurance Scheme may have different contribution amounts or tuition fees to the amounts or fees the student would have paid for units of study which were part of the course of study UCL Australia ceased to provide but which the student had not yet started studying.
A student is not obliged to enrol in a course of study with a Second Provider offered by Australian Council for Private Education & Training (ACPET) Tuition Assurance Scheme under the Course Assurance Option. However, if he/she enrols with any other provider there is no obligation on that provider to offer full credit transfer for the units of study completed with UCL Australia or to offer replacement/s courses free of charge.
The Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option
Under the Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option, UCL Australia undertakes to pay the student the total of any up-front payments already paid by the student for any units of study the student has commenced but not completed because the course ceased to be offered. Students selecting this option will also have their SLE or FEE-HELP balance/s re-credited for the uncompleted units.
In addition students are informed of the Statement of Tuition Assurance during enrolment and at orientation.
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