Statement of Tuition Assurance
Under the provisions of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and the associated Higher Education Provider Guidelines, The Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia (Whitehouse) ABN 49 122 953 is required to provide a tuition assurance arrangement for persons, other than overseas students*, who are enrolled in higher education courses it offers. This requirement is to protect students in the event that Whitehouse 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 HEP Guidelines
In the event that Whitehouse ceases to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled the student is entitled to a choice of:
a) an offer of a place in a similar course of study with another higher education provider without any requirement to pay the other provider any student contribution or tuition fee for any replacement units (this is known as the “Course Assurance Option”)
b) a refund of his or her up-front payments for any unit of study that the student commences but does not complete because Whitehouse ceases to provide the course of study of which the unit forms part (this is known as the “Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option”)
Whitehouse has met the tuition assurance requirements of the HESA through its current membership of the Australian Student Tuition Assurance Scheme (ASTAS) operated by the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET). Contact details for ACPET are:
Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)
NSW Office: Suite 12, Level 14, 329 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW Australia
P.O.Box Q1076, QVB Post Office, Sydney NSW 1230
Ph: 1800 657 644 Fax: 02 9264 4550
If Whitehouse ceases to provide a course of study, ACPET 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 ACPET of the choice they have made for each affected unit. ACPET will provide this offer within twenty business days after it knows, or should know by reasonable enquiries that the Whitehouse has ceased to provide the course or study.
The course/s of study for which Whitehouse has ACPET membership includes:
Bachelor of Design
Master of Design
Certificate IV in Design CUA40715
Certificate III in Design Fundamentals CUA30715
A student may choose either:
The Course Assurance Option
Under the course assurance option, a student will be offered a place in a similar course of study by ACPET. If the student accepts this option, ACPET will make all necessary arrangements to ensure a student is able to enrol with the other higher education provider in the similar course of study. This offered course will lead to the same or a comparable qualification without any requirement on the part of the student to pay the higher education provider any student contribution or tuition fee for any replacement units (that is, units that the student had commenced but not completed because the course ceased to be offered). A student will receive full credit from the other higher education provider for any units of study successfully completed at Whitehouse.
The other higher education provider nominated by ACPET 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 Whitehouse ceased to provide but which the student had not yet started studying.
A student is not obliged to enrol in a course of study with the other higher education provider offered by ACPET 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 Whitehouse or to offer replacement/s unit free of charge.
The Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option
Under the Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option, ACPET 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 because the course ceased to be offered. Students selecting this option will also have their FEE-HELP balance re-credited for the uncompleted units.
This Statement of Tuition Assurance will be made available to prospective and current students on the Whitehouse website.
*See Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 for the definition of overseas student.