Tuition Assurance Scheme
TDA operates one of two Tuition Assurance Schemes (TAS) approved by the Australian Government.
The TDA TAS is split into three sub-schemes: TAFE, Non-TAFE and NVR.
TAFE and Non-TAFE TAS for FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans approved providers
The TAFE Scheme meets the requirements of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 in respect to students eligible for VET FEE-HELP / VET Student Loans and full fee and commonwealth supported students eligible for FEE-HELP studying higher education courses at approved TAFE Institutes.
The Non-TAFE scheme meets the requirements of the Act in respect to full fee paying students eligible for FEE-HELP studying higher education courses at non-government universities and private higher education providers and students eligible for VET FEE-HELP / vet Student Loans at approved Non-TAFE Registered Training Organisations.
Under the Act and associated Guideline and VET Student Loan Rules 2016, TAS operators are required, in the event of a Provider ceasing to provide a course of study, to either find an alternative place for the student with another provider or refund course fees paid by the student and/or fees paid on the student’s behalf and particularly fees paid by the Commonwealth to a Provider as part of a HELP loan.
NVR TAS for Non-TAFE RTOs which require a learner to prepay fees in excess of a total of $1,500
The NVR scheme meets the requirements of Standard 7 of the Standards for RTOs 2015 under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011. Under Standard 7 and Schedule 6 of the Standards, if the RTO is unable to provide services for which the learner has prepaid fees of $1,500 or more, it must ensure the learner will be placed into an equivalent course or, if an equivalent course cannot be found, the learner is paid a refund of any prepaid fees for services yet to be delivered above the $1,500 prepaid fee.
For further information, contact TDA National Secretariat on 02 9217 4348
ALL APPLICANTS – Please familiarise yourselves with the relevant TDA TAS Rules below
|VET Tuition Assurance Scheme Rules||PDF 480KB|
|Higher Education Tuition Assurance Scheme Rules||PDF 490KB|
|NVR Tuition Assurance Scheme Rules||PDF 447KB|
Non-TAFEs (FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans)
|TDA Tuition Assurance Scheme (FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans) Application Form TAS Non-TAFE 2017||PDF 384KB|
|TDA Tuition Assurance Scheme (FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans) Schedule A – Summary Data (TAFE and Non-TAFE)||XLSX 17KB|
Non-TAFEs (Prepaid Fees over $1,500) - NVR
|TDA Tuition Assurance Scheme (Prepaid Fees over $1,500) Application Form TAS NVR 2017||PDF 385KB|
|TDA Tuition Assurance Scheme (NVR) Schedule A – Summary Data (Non-TAFE RTOs)||XLSX 18KB|
TAFEs (FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans)
|TDA Tuition Assurance Scheme (FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans) Application Form TAS TAFE 2017||PDF 383KB|