If you withdraw from a unit after the census date because you become seriously ill or because of other ‘special circumstances’, you can apply to Community Training Australia (VET Provider) to have your HELP debt remitted (and your FEE-HELP balance re-credited if applicable). To remove any HELP debt, re-credit your FEE-HELP balance and refund any up-front payments, your provider must be satisfied that 'special circumstances' applied to you. You should check with the Course Coordinators about how to apply for special circumstances. For a provider to be satisfied that special circumstances apply, you need to demonstrate that the circumstances:
- were beyond your control;
- did not make their full impact on you until on or after the census date(s) of the unit(s) in question; and
- were such that they made it impracticable for you to complete the requirements for the unit(s).
Community Training Australia will assess your application in accordance with the requirements of HESA and its associated guidelines. You will need to provide independent supporting documentation to support your claim that special circumstances applied. Note: You cannot apply to have your debt remitted under special circumstances if you have successfully completed the unit.
Is there a time limit to apply under special circumstances?
Your application must reach Community Training Australia (CTA) within 12 months of your withdrawal day. The ‘withdrawal day’ is the day CTA specifies in its notice to you as the day the withdrawal takes effect. If you didn’t officially withdraw, your withdrawal day is the last day of the period for which you were enrolled in the unit. Your provider may extend the time limit if it is satisfied that it was not possible for you to apply within the 12 months.