Tuition Assurance - International students
Under the provisions of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act 2000) and associated amendments, UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia (UCL Australia) is required to provide a tuition assurance arrangement for overseas students (ie those studying in Australia on a student visa) 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) with a more detailed definition is defined in the ESOS Legislation Amendment Act 2012
In the event that 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 courses; OR
b) a refund of his or her up-front payments for any course (unit of study) that the student commences but does not complete because UCL Australia ceases to provide the course of study of which the course forms part of.
TUITION PROTECTION SERVICE (TPS)
Operated by the Australian Government, the TPS is designed to assist overseas students find, if required, a replacement course, through an online placement service. The TPS gives overseas students greater control and responsibility in the placement process by allowing them a choice of available alternative placement options. A direct relationship between affected students and their prospective providers should lead to a more efficient and effective outcome for the students and the sector overall. With the new TPS students should also benefit from a more timely placement, or a refund where necessary as well as a smoother transition to another provider as required.
UCL Australia aims to meet the tuition assurance requirements of the ESOS Act 2000 and its associated amendments through the TPS. Should UCL Australia in an unlikely event ceases to provide a course of study, UCL Australia must fulfil its obligations to the affected students within a period of 14 business days. Should UCL Australia not meet its obligation, the TPS Director has a responsibility to facilitate access to alternative placements as per the options mentioned above.
Specific information on the TPS is available at: https://tps.gov.au/Information/Students/How
In addition students are informed of the Statement of Tuition Assurance during enrolment and at orientation.
 ESOS Legislation Amendment (TPS and other measures) Act 2012, under Schedule 1, Division 2, Subdivision A, section 46A, titled ‘when a registered provider defaults’.
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