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Pass rate requirements for continued access to Commonwealth Assistance

From 2022, if you are a commencing student in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) or getting a HELP loan for your study, you must maintain a passing completion rate as defined under the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates requirements.

This applies to you if you are a new USC student, or if you are changing from one USC program to another.

The pass rate requirements can impact your future study, so it is important to understand the information below.

If you are enrolled in a bachelor’s degree or postgraduate program

Once you have attempted eight courses, you will need to have passed a minimum of 50 percent of your total attempted courses. You will then need to maintain this minimum 50 percent pass rate for the remaining duration of your program to remain eligible for Commonwealth assistance.

If you are enrolled in TPP, an undergraduate certificate, a diploma or an associate degree

Once you have attempted four courses, you will need to have passed a minimum of 50 percent of your total attempted courses. You will then need to maintain this minimum 50 percent pass rate for the remaining duration of your program to remain eligible for Commonwealth assistance.

How your pass rate is calculated

Your pass rate is only assessed after you attempt either four or eight courses, depending on your program (see information above). It is then progressively calculated as you progress through your program.

If you are enrolled in a course past census date, you are considered to have attempted the course for the purposes of calculating your pass rate, even if you later withdraw without academic penalty (WN grade). A WN grade does not impact your GPA, but is considered a fail under pass rate requirements.

For examples of pass rates, please see the table below:

Courses attempted Courses passed Courses failed Pass rate
4 2 2 50 percent
8 4 4 50 percent
9 4 5 45 percent
10 4 6 40 percent

If you do not meet the minimum pass rate requirement

If you do not maintain the minimum pass rate requirements outlined above, you will no longer be eligible for Commonwealth assistance. You can remain enrolled in your program, however you will lose your Commonwealth Supported Place and/or will no longer be eligible for a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan. This means you will be required to pay full tuition fees upfront until you are at or above the 50 percent pass rate requirement.

If you fail a course

Any time you fail a course, it’s important to speak with the Student Success team about strategies to improve your results in future.

If you fail a course due to special or unforeseen circumstances, you may apply to have financial liability and/or academic penalty removed. You must apply as soon as you are aware of your circumstances and provide supporting documentation addressing that the special circumstances:

For more information visit Application for Withdrawal from Course Due to Special Circumstances.

If your application is successful, the course/s for which you applied will not be included in the calculation of your pass rate.

Withdrawing from a course after census date

If you:

you can apply to have financial liability and/or academic penalty removed. You must apply as soon as you are aware of your circumstances and provide supporting documentation. For more information visit Application for Withdrawal from Course Due to Special Circumstances. Please note it is not possible to remove a SA-HELP debt, even if your HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP debt are removed due to special circumstances.

If your application is successful, the course/s for which you applied will not be included in the calculation of your pass rate.

FAQs

What is a ‘low completion rate’? 

I started my program before 2022. Does the pass rate requirement apply to me? 

I deferred my place before 2022. Does the pass rate requirement apply to me? 

What is considered a course ‘attempt’ for the completion rate calculation? 

What courses will be counted as ‘not passed’ for the completion rate calculation?

What happens to my completion rate if I change programs?  

I’ve been identified for MAP. Does this mean I haven’t met the pass rate requirement? 

How does the unit value of a course affect the completion rate calculation? 

Im enrolled in a double degree. What does this mean for the completion rate calculation?  

I’m enrolled in two programs concurrently (not a double degree). What does this mean for the completion rate calculation?

If I change from a double degree into one of the single degrees that make up the double (or vice versa) does the completion rate calculation re-set? 

I’m a postgraduate student in a Commonwealth Supported Place. Does the pass rate requirement apply to me? 

I’m a postgraduate student in a full fee-paying place. I’m currently deferring my fees using FEE-HELP. Does the pass rate requirement apply to me? 

What is the difference between Commonwealth Supported fees and full tuition fees?