Student Fees and Charges - Governing Policy

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Student Fees and Charges - Governing Policy

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Approval authority
Council
Responsible officer
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Designated officer
Director, Student Services and Engagement
First approved
5 October 2004
Last amended
12 January 2016
Effective start date
1 November 2007
Review date
1 March 2013
Status
Active
Related documents
Admissions - Procedures
Admissions, Enrolments and Graduation - Academic Policy
Delegations Framework - Governing Policy
Enrolments and Graduation - Procedures
Monitoring Academic Progress and Exclusion - Academic Policy
Student Complaints and Appeals - Governing Policy
Student Complaints and Appeals - Procedures
Student Fees, Charges and Refunds - Procedures
Related legislation / standards
University of the Sunshine Coast Act 1998 (Qld)
Education (Overseas Students) Act 1996 (Qld)
Higher Education Amendment (No.1) Act 2011
Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000

Overview

The University has the right to establish and collect fees from students.

Fees are established in accordance with the Higher Education Amendment (No.1) Act 2011 and the University of Sunshine Coast Act 1998, whereby Council delegates the following authorities:

  • Fee-paying programs: Vice-Chancellor and President
  • Administrative and miscellaneous fines and charges: Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

The Student Fees and Charges – Governing Policy is the University’s statement of fees applying to programs, courses and associated administrative matters. The Procedures associated with this policy include processes for administering these fees, including refunds of fees.

Policy

1. The University has established that fees will be payable by a student as set out in a Schedule of Fees which will be reviewed annually and be published online and in relevant publications.

2. The administration of fees payable as specified in the Schedule of Fees is the responsibility of the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor who will, by notice, determine pursuant to this policy:

2.1. the method of advice of fees payable

2.2. the date for payment of fees

2.3. the circumstances in which a fee may be waived, deferred or refunded

2.4. a student’s eligibility for a refund or waiver of the whole or portion of the fees paid, and

2.5. administrative and miscellaneous fines and charges.

3. The University may impose a late payment fee where a student has not paid tuition fees or up-front student contribution (where applicable) by the advised due date for payment.

4. The University may impose a late enrolment fee for enrolment or re-enrolment in courses that is not made by the advised due date for enrolment. The enrolment will not be made effective until the fee has been paid.

5. The University may impose a program cancellation fee for international fee-paying students.

6. The University will cancel the enrolment of a Commonwealth supported student who has not complied with their Department of Education and Training obligations by the census date.

7. A fee-paying student who has not paid tuition fees by the advised due date may have the student’s enrolment at the University cancelled.

8. A student who has outstanding fees owing to the University and the amount is greater than the threshold determined by the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor for this purpose, will not be permitted further enrolment (except where any Commonwealth or State legislation or code of practice provides otherwise), will have their academic results withheld and will not be eligible to graduate until the debt is paid in full.

9. The University may refund relevant fees to a student in accordance with procedures associated with this policy.

9.1 A student excluded under a University rule is not entitled to a refund (except where any Commonwealth or State legislation or code of practice provides otherwise).

9.2 A student may appeal in writing against a refusal to refund student fees in whole or

part.

9.3 The availability of the appeal process does not remove the right of a student to take action, under Australia’s consumer protection laws, concerning refund of fees.

10. Definitions

Census date: is as the date determined by the University for a course of study in a given enrolment period.

Commonwealth supported student: means a student who is an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or a holder of an Australian Permanent Resident visa who has been offered a Commonwealth supported place and who has sufficient student learning

entitlement.

Course: means a:
(a) subject that a person may undertake with the University as part of a program.

(b)
subject made available by the University.
(c)
part of a bridging program for overseas trained professionals.

Council: means the Council of University of the Sunshine Coast.

Enrolment period: means a semester/ session/ term where appropriate.

Fees: includes all fees, fines and charges payable as specified in the Schedule of Fees.

Program: means a set of courses or sequenced instruction, eg a Bachelor of Arts program, or an English Language Program, or an Enabling Program, or an International Foundation Pathway, or a Study Abroad Program.

Student: means a person who is enrolled in a course or program or a person whose name is entered on the Roll of Students.

University: means University of the Sunshine Coast.

Written advice: means a completed application form or a request by letter, email or fax submitted to an advised administrative area.

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