Tuition Assurance Scheme
Under the provisions of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and the associated Higher Education Provider Guidelines Chisholm Institute (the First Provider) is required to provide a tuition assurance arrangement for persons, other than overseas students, who are enrolled in the higher education courses it offers. This requirement is to protect students in the event that Chisholm 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 Higher Education Provider Guidelines.
In the event that Chisholm Institute ceases to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled the student is entitled to a choice of:
- 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”)
- a refund of his or her up-front payments for any unit of study that the student commences but does not complete because Chisholm 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”)
Chisholm Institute has met the tuition assurance requirements of the HESA through its current membership of the TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) Tuition Assurance Scheme (TAS).
If Chisholm Institute ceases to provide a course of study, TDA 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 TDA of the choice they have made for each affected unit. TDA will provide this Offer within twenty business days after it knows, or should know by reasonable enquiries that Chisholm Institute has ceased to provide the course of study.