Statement of Tuition Assurance (Higher Education)

Under the provisions of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and the associated HEP Guidelines, Avondale College of Higher Education (Avondale) (the First Provider) is required to provide a tuition assurance arrangement for Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa who are enrolled in higher education courses it offers. This requirement is to protect a student in the event that Avondale ceases to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled.

In the event that Avondale ceases to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled the student is entitled to a choice of:
  1. 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
  1. a refund of his or her up-front payments for any unit of study that the student commences but does not complete because Avondale ceases to provide the course of study of which the unit forms part (this is known as the Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option).

If Avondale ceases to provide a course of study, the relevant Second Provider(s) listed below and the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SPD) Limited 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 the relevant Second Provider(s) listed below and the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SPD) Limited of the choice they have made for each affected unit. The, relevant Second Provider(s) listed below and the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SPD) Limited will provide this offer within 20 business days after it knows, or should know by reasonable enquiries, that Avondale has ceased to provide a course of study.

The Course Assurance Option

Avondale has met the course assurance option requirement of the HESA through a Deed/s of Course Assurance with the Second Provider/s listed below. If Avondale is unable to provide a course of study the Second Provider/s will make all the arrangements necessary to ensure that a student enrolled in that course of study is able to enrol in a similar course of study with that Second Provider.

Arrangements are in place with the following Second Providers:

If a student accepts a place in a course offered by a Second Provider named above he/she will receive full credit for units of study completed towards the same or comparable qualification with the Second Provider without any requirement to pay the Second Provider any student contribution or tuition fee for any replacement units.

The Second Provider 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 the Avondale ceased to provide.

A student is not obliged to enrol in an offered course of study with a Second Provider 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 Avondale or to offer a replacement/s unit free of charge.

Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option

Avondale has met the Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option requirement through a Repayment Deed of Guarantee with the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SPD) Limited. If a student chooses the Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option, the South Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists. 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. Students selecting this option will also get their HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP balances re-credited for uncompleted units.