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Following is an alphabetical list of useful definitions of the major terms associated with the Higher Education Reforms.
The date on which a student's enrolment is taken to be finalised. HECS-HELP, SA-HELP and FEE-HELP debts are on census dates. Eligible students must make their upfront payments and submit the appropriate HELP form by census date. Upfront payments are to be made by the Payment Due Date. Refer Payment Due Date below.
Commonwealth assisted student
A student who is a Commonwealth supported student or who is in receipt of a Higher Education Help Program (HELP) loan or a Commonwealth Learning Scholarship (CLS).
Contributions that the Commonwealth makes towards the cost of a student's education through the Commonwealth Grant Scheme.
A unique identifier for each student that accesses Commonwealth assistance for higher education.
Commonwealth supported place
A higher education place for which the Commonwealth makes a contribution direct to the University towards the cost of the student's education
Commonwealth supported student
A student who occupies a Commonwealth supported place
A student who is an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident
Equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL)
One EFTSL is a measure of the standard annual study load of a student undertaking a course on a full-time basis
A loan scheme to help eligible fee paying (ie. non-Commonwealth supported) students in award programs to pay their tuition fees
The lifetime maximum amount of FEE-HELP that a student can receive for tuition fees
Fee paying place
A place that is occupied by a fee paying student
Fee paying student
A student who pays tuition fees. Fee paying students are also known as ‘non-Commonwealth supported students'
A scheme that includes upfront payment discounts and loans to help Commonwealth supported students, who are Australian or humanitarian visa holders, pay their student contribution amounts.
Higher Education Information Management System (HEIMS)
An electronic information system that will provide students and higher education providers with a range of relevant information, such as the availability and usage of Commonwealth assistance by students and information on program management reporting
A loan program to help eligible students pay student contributions (HECS-HELP), Student Services and Amenities Fee (SA-HELP), tuition fees (FEE-HELP) and overseas study expenses (OS-HELP)
Holder of a humanitarian visa
A permanent resident who holds a visa of a humanitarian sub-class as determined by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
Any student who is not a domestic student
A fee that applies to all OS-HELP (up to 1/1/2010) and undergraduate FEE-HELP loans.
National Priority areas
Areas for which the Commonwealth offers additional assistance, either through offering additional places, increasing Commonwealth contributions or reducing the maximum student contribution amounts.
National Priority places:
Commonwealth supported places in National Priority areas
A cash loan available to eligible students who undertake some of their course overseas
The maximum loan amount that a student can receive in respect of a given six-month period.
The date a student’s fees must be paid by to avoid enrolment restrictions. The Payment Due Date is 10 calendar days prior to the census date for each study period or trimester.
A person who holds either a permanent humanitarian visa or a permanent non-humanitarian visa
A continuing student who started a course as a Commonwealth Supported student before 1/1/2008 and did not complete that course by 31/12/2007, except if it was enabling or leading to Honours. Pre-2008 students pay the lower Band 2 student contribution rate for subjects in Accounting, Administration, Economics and Commerce.
A continuing student who enrols on or after 1 January 2009 in a Maths, Statistics or Science subject that forms part of a course that the student:
NOTE: Students changing from a non-Natural Physical Science (NPS) course before 1 January 2009 to a NPS course after 1 January 2009 are excluded, therefore they are not pre-2009 students.
A scheme that provides loans to eligible students to defer payment of their Student Services and Amenities fees (SSA Fee)
Student contribution band
One of four bands of disciplinary areas into which given subjects will fall. Student contribution bands are used to determine the maximum student contribution amounts, for both new and current students
Study abroad program
Study at an overseas higher education institution by a domestic student enrolled with an Australian higher education provider, for which the student gains credit towards the Australian course. Such a student is not covered by an agreement between institutions and will typically pay fees set by the overseas institution while studying overseas
The period of time during which a subject is undertaken, including any assessment or exam periods. Each subject is allocated to a Study Period
One half of an academic year. Teaching Period 1 is the first six months of the year and Teaching Period 2 is the second six months of the year. Subjects with a census date prior to 1 July fall within Teaching Period 1 and subjects with a census date on or after 1 July fall within Teaching Period 2.
Fees paid by domestic undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students and miscellaneous students.