Statement of Tuition Assurance

 

Under the provisions of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and the associated Higher Education Provider Guidelines the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors Pty Ltd as trustee for AIPC Trust (“the Institute”) is required to provide a tuition assurance arrangement for persons, other than international students[1] , who are enrolled in higher education courses it offers. This requirement is to protect students in the event that the Institute 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 which can be found at: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2012L02136.

 

In the event that the Institute 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";

 

or

 

b) a refund of his or her up-front payments for any unit of study that the student commences but does not complete because the Institute ceases to provide the course of study of which the unit forms part. This is known as the “Student Contribution / Tuition Fee Repayment Option”.

 

The Institute has met the tuition assurance requirements of the HESA through the Australian Government's Tuition Protection Service (TPS) for students utilising FEE-HELP to pay their tuition fees, and its current membership of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training Australian Student Tuition Assurance Scheme (“ACPET ASTAS-HE”) for students paying their own tuition fees.

 

Contact Details for ACPET ASTAS-HE
Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)
PO Box 551, East Melbourne, Vic 8002
Ph: 1800 657 644   Fax: (03) 9416 1895
Email: acpet@acpet.edu.au

 

The higher education courses of study for which the Institute has ACPET ASTAS-HE membership are:

Activation of Tuition Assurance Arrangements

 

If the Institute ceases to provide a higher education course of study, each student enrolled in the course of study will be sent 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 of the choice they have made for each affected unit. This Offer is provided within twenty business days after notification by the Institute to the TPS or ACPET.

 

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. If the student accepts this option the necessary arrangements are made to ensure a student is able to enrol with the Second Provider in a 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 the Institute.

The Second Provider nominated 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 that the Institute ceased to provide.

 

A student is not obliged to enrol in a course of study with a Second Provider under the Course Assurance Option. However, if they enrol with any other provider there is no obligation on that provider to offer full credit transfer for the units of study completed with the Institute or to offer any replacement units free of charge.

 

OR

 

The Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option
Under the Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option the TPS or ACPET undertakes to refund the student’s HELP debt, or pay the student the total of any up-front payments already paid by the student, for any units of study that the student has commenced but not completed because the Institute has ceased to provide the course of study.
                                                                      
Students selecting this option who have applied for FEE-HELP assistance will have their FEE-HELP balance re-credited for uncompleted units.