(1) The Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University makes the following Rule under section 30 (1) of the Southern Cross University Act 1993 ('Act'), pursuant to section 53 of the Southern Cross University By-Law 2005 (as amended).
(2) The purpose of this Rule is to establish approved principles for the administration of fees and charges.
(3) This Rule applies to:
(4) Census Date
(5) Commonwealth Supported
(6) Domestic student
(8) Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
(10) Offshore Student
(11) International Student
(13) The University sets student tuition fees and receives student fee payments within the parameters of Commonwealth legislation for both domestic and international students in research degrees, coursework award courses and non-award programs.
(14) Different financial arrangements may apply to Commonwealth supported students, Domestic Students, International Students and Offshore Students.
(15) The University reviews and revises its fees and charges on an annual basis.
(16) Commonwealth Supported, Domestic, and International students will pay the applicable fees and charges as set out in the Schedules attached to this Rule:
(17) Offshore students will pay the applicable, advertised fees and charges as agreed (and varied from time to time) by SCU and the relevant third party provider.
(18) Amendments made to the schedules attached to this Rule must be approved by the relevant delegated authority before they are published and/or used to calculate student liabilities.
(19) Students will be advised of their applicable tuition fees each study period, except commencing International Students who will be advised in their letter of offer. Payment of applicable fees is a pre-requisite for the confirmation of enrolment by the University.
(20) Any student who is indebted to the University may be subject to the imposition of student sanctions.
(21) The University will not receive fee payments from any person, entity or country listed at the Australian Sanctions Law Schedule in order to ensure compliance with Australian sanctions and money laundering law.
(22) The Director, Student Administration Services will calculate monies owing by the student or the University in accordance with the provisions of this Rule and Procedures and where necessary:
(23) Fees payable in accordance with Parts A, B, C D and F and the relevant Schedule will be levied each study period on the basis of the student's enrolment, or intended enrolment, for that study period.
(24) Subject to clause (38), no change in amount of fees payable will occur after Census Date of the relevant study period.
(25) Unless the Director, Student Administration Services otherwise directs, fees listed in the Schedules related to Parts A, B, C, E, G and H will be paid in full on or before the advertised due date for the relevant study period unless a later date is specified on the relevant invoice.
(26) If any fee (including special or administrative charges) payable by a student remains unpaid after the Time for Payment date, the Director, Student Administration Services may sanction, cancel or refuse the student's enrolment at any time thereafter (for International Students these powers are subject to adherence to the provisions of the Enrolment Deferment, Suspension and Cancellation Procedures - International Students).
(27) If an International Student fails to pay in full by the relevant Census date, their enrolment may be cancelled by the Director, SCU International in accordance with the Enrolment Deferment, Suspension and Cancellation Procedures - International Students.
(28) Where enrolment has been cancelled or refused, a student may be reinstated upon payment of all outstanding fees and administrative charges before the final date for reinstatement as determined by the Director, Student Administration Services.
(29) A student whose enrolment remains cancelled or refused after the final date for reinstatement or whose enrolment is cancelled pursuant to clause (26):
(30) A student who is sanctioned will be issued with a sanction notice requesting that the student take immediate action to resolve the outstanding obligations. Failure to resolve the outstanding obligations by the date specified on the sanction notice may result in cancellation of enrolment.
(31) Student sanctions may be imposed by the Director, Student Administration Services following consultation with appropriate staff. Student sanctions may take the form of one or more of the following:
(32) In exceptional circumstances, where the imposition of student sanctions would be inappropriate having regard to the circumstances, the Director, Student Administration Services may direct that:
(33) An application for special consideration, setting out the facts upon which the student relies and any corroborative evidence, will be made in writing to the Director, Student Administration Services, normally within 10 working days of the date of formal notification to the student of the imposition of student sanctions.
(34) The Director, Student Administration Services will respond to the application for special consideration, normally within 10 working days of the receipt of the application.
(35) A student may appeal against any decision made under this Rule. An appeal will be made in writing to the Executive Director Information and Physical Resources normally within 20 working days of notification of the relevant decision.
(36) The Executive Director Information and Physical Resources will rule on the appeal and inform the student in writing of the ruling, normally within 10 working days of receipt of the appeal.
(37) The decision of the Executive Director Information and Physical Resources will be final (subject to provisions of the Complaints Framework and Student Ombud Policy).
(38) The Director, Student Administration Services has authority to resolve, at his or her discretion, any fee related matter where special circumstances apply or where not specifically provided for in this Rule and Procedure.
(39) Domestic students undertaking courses that are funded by the Commonwealth Government will pay the relevant fee described in the Student Contribution Amounts per Unit Schedule.
(40) Domestic Students undertaking courses that are not funded by the Commonwealth Government will pay the relevant fee described in Domestic Student Tuition Fee Schedule.
(41) International Students will pay the (non-refundable) Pre-paid Tuition Deposit as defined within the offer of admission.
(42) The Director, SCU International has discretion to determine the Pre-paid Tuition Deposit amount for each International Student.
(43) The Pre-paid Tuition Deposit will be credited towards tuition fees once the student has enrolled and commenced the SCU course.
(44) International Students will pay the relevant charge reflected in the International Student Tuition Fee Schedule applicable at the time of undertaking studies with SCU (less any Pre-paid Tuition Deposit).
(45) All international students must have Overseas Health Cover prior to commencing study. The cover must be for the entire duration of the course.
(46) English Language Program students, whether domestic or international students, will pay the applicable fees set out in the English Language Program Fees and Charges Schedule.
(47) Administrative charges are set out in the Administrative Charges Schedule and must be paid at the time the service is requested.
(48) The following charges are non-refundable for all students except where special examination arrangements are required to cater for candidates with a physical disability or as a result of illness or other special circumstances acceptable to the Director, Student Administration Services:
(49) Examinations requiring special arrangements or a change to exam centre within 3 weeks of the commencement of the exam period (per paper):
(50) The Student Services and Amenities Fees are set out in the Services and Amenities Fees Schedule.
(51) A student will normally be exempt from payment of fees in this Part if during the period of enrolment for which the fee is payable they are:
(52) Offshore Students will pay the relevant fees, and under the conditions, prescribed by the respective collaborating institution as defined within the Third Party Collaborating Agreement with SCU.
(53) Students participating in Study Tours will pay the relevant fees, and under the conditions, prescribed by the respective collaborating institution as defined within the Study Tour Agreement with SCU.