Changes for FEE-HELP education providers
News item updated on 21 August 2017
The Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2017 was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 1 June 2017, and passed through the Parliament on 10 August 2017.
As part of the Bill, a number of changes have been made to the FEE‑HELP scheme that will affect non-university private higher education providers, and students commencing at these providers.
Some of these changes include:
- introducing bans on unscrupulous marketing practices and withdrawal fees,
- ensuring providers assess their students as ‘genuine’ and academically suited to undertaking the course,
- tying successful pass rates to continued FEE‑HELP access – this means students will have to maintain a minimum pass rate, relevant to the number of units they are enrolled in (not their academic pass rate), to continue using FEE‑HELP for their studies.