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Low completion rate

Low Completion Rate

From 1 January 2022, if you commence a new course of study and you have a "low completion rate", you will not be eligible for Commonwealth assistance (studying in a CSP or getting HELP loans for your study).

A 'low completion rate' is when you have a fail rate of more than 50 per cent of the units of study you have attempted, after you have attempted eight or more units of study in a bachelor level or higher course (or four or more units in a higher education course lower than a bachelor course).

From 2022, if you have a low completion rate, you can:

  • continue your course by paying upfront. If you pay upfront and increase your completion rate to 50 per cent or higher, you will be eligible for Commonwealth assistance for your course again.
  • transfer to a new course at the same or a different provider. If you change to a new course, your previous completion rate will not carry over and you will able to access Commonwealth assistance for your new course.
  • apply to your provider for consideration for one or more of your failed units. For your provider to not count units you have failed when calculating your completion rate, you will need to prove that ‘special circumstances’ applied to you while you were studying those units.