Listed in this section is a brief summary of FEE-HELP.
Students interested in FEE-HELP should read the 'FEE-HELP Information Booklet' and 'Request for FEE-HELP Assistance Application' available from MIBT and also refer to the following Australian Government website: www.goingtouni.gov.au
Note: FEE-HELP is only available for Diploma Programs.
MIBT, as a recognised Higher Education Provider (HEP), allows eligible students the opportunity to access the FEE-HELP loan scheme.
FEE-HELP can cover all or part of a student's tuition fees, up to a lifetime limit of $89,706 (2012). (A student can elect to pay a portion of fees directly to MIBT, and the remaining debt will be registered as a loan through the Australian Taxation Office). The FEE-HELP limit is indexed annually (as measured by the CPI index). A loan fee of 25% applies to FEE-HELP loans. Indexation and the loan fee do not count towards your FEE-HELP limit.
The Government pays the amount of the loan directly to the student's higher education provider.
To be entitled to FEE-HELP, students must be:
A student will commence repaying any FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Taxation Office once their income reaches the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment ($49,095 per annum 2012-2013).
MIBT sets the tuition fee(s) for students unit(s) of study. If students are eligible for FEE-HELP, they may choose to pay their tuition fee in three ways:
Eligible students who wish to pay for part or all of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP must fully complete a 'Request for FEE-HELP assistance' form available at MIBT. Students must complete and sign the form and return it to MIBT by the relevant census date for the units of study that they undertaking, including the provision of a tax file number.
Eligible students who fail to pay their tuition fees in full or who do not apply for FEE-HELP (and provide a tax file number) will be at risk of having their enrolment invalidated.
The census date will be at the end of the fourth week of a semester. See dates below.
|Trimester 1 (March 2012)||5 March 2012||8 June 2012||30 March 2012|
|Trimester 2 (June 2012)||2 July 2012||5 October 2012||27 July 2012|
|Trimester 3 (October 2012)||29 October 2012||8 February 2013||23 November 2012|
|Trimester 1 (March 2013)||4 March 2013||7 June 2013||27 March 2013|
|Trimester 2 (June 2013)||1 July 2013||4 October 2013||26 July 2013|
|Trimester 3 (October 2013)||28 October 2013||7 February 2014||22 November 2013|
Within 28 days of the census date MIBT will provide students with a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN). This will be forwarded to their local address. The notice will provide students with information on the unit(s) for which they have received FEE-HELP assistance and their FEE-HELP debt, including any loan fee amount they may have incurred for those units.
If students believe the notice to be incorrect they should contact the MIBT FEE-HELP Officer (in writing) within 14 days of the date of their Commonwealth Assistance Notice. Disputes not lodged within 14 days will not be considered.
Failure to dispute an incorrect Commonwealth Assistance Notice results in this fee liability being reported to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
The CAN notice will provide students with their Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN). Students CHESSN is unique and will enable them to access information on their FEE-HELP balance from the Going to Uni website at www.goingtouni.gov.au
To withdraw from a unit(s) of study a students may make changes to their original enrolment/unit selection on-line through the MIBT student portal. After on-line enrolment is closed, students who want to make an enrolment change will be required to complete the appropriate 'Enrolment Variation' form and submit to MIBT reception on or before the census date.
Students who correctly withdraw from any unit on or before the census date will not incur a FEE-HELP debt for that unit.
Students who have requested FEE-HELP assistance and withdraw after the census date, will have a debt with the Commonwealth that they are legally required to repay. Students cannot withdraw after the census date without incurring a FEE-HELP debt.
If however, after the census date, students become seriously ill or other special circumstances occur and they are unable to continue their studies, then they can apply to MIBT to have their FEE-HELP balance re-credited and their FEE-HELP debt removed. Note that there are time limits for applying. See below:
Students interested in FEE-HELP should read the 'FEE-HELP Information Booklet' and 'Request for Fee-Help Assistance Application' available from MIBT and should refer to the following Australian Government website: www.goingtouni.gov.au
MIBT has grievance polices and procedures, both in relation to prospective students and enrolled students on academic and non-academic matters.
Students should also be familiar with MIBT's other policies and procedures.