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VET FEE-HELP Fairness Procedures

VET FEE-HELP Fairness procedures include:

  • Fair treatment
  • Equal benefits and opportunities

Fair Treatment

Hope College treats fairly all students (who are or would be entitled to VET FEE-HELP assistance under clause 43 of Schedule 1A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and all persons seeking to enroll with Hope College in a VET unit of study that meets the course requirements under subclause 45(1) of Schedule 1A of the HESA Act and who are, or would be, entitled to VET FEE-HELP assistance under clause 43 of Schedule 1A of the HESA Act. This requirement is a basic underlying principle of the Higher Education Support Act (HESA).

 The application of fair treatment does not require that all students are treated the same. Fairness must be considered in the context of all the relevant circumstances. There will be situations in which the fair treatment of students may result in students in varying circumstances being treated differently.  Hope College publishes and makes publicly available its fairness procedures on its brochures and website.

Equal Benefits and Opportunities

Hope College’s open, fair and transparent procedures are based on merit for making decisions about the selection from among the persons who are, or would be, entitled to VET FEE-HELP assistance under clause 43 of Schedule 1A of the HESA Act, and who seek to enroll with Hope College in a VET unit of study that meets the requirements under subclause 45(1) of Schedule 1A of the HESA Act, of persons to enroll; and the treatment of students who are, or would be, entitled to VET FEE-HELP assistance under clause 43 of Schedule 1A of the HESA Act.

Selection Procedures

The selection procedures, which demonstrate that Hope College meets the above requirements are as follows:

Selection Criteria

There are two primary selection criteria that students need to address as well as certain prerequisites in order for potential students to become actual students.

Potential students need to write a one hundred word essay on the reason as to why they wish to study at Hope College. The purpose of this criteria is so that we may evaluate what support the student may need in their written expression, so as to give the best possible educational experience to the applicant.

Potential students also need a letter of reference from their pastor demonstrating that they are of the right character to undertake a theological course of study.

Prerequisites for Enrollment  So that a students can successfully participate in the courses that Hope College offers they at times need to have satisfied certain prerequisite standard.  These are primarily in the area of prior academic achievements.

Students who are going to partake in our current diploma of Christian ministry and Theology you need to have successfully completed a certificate IV in Christian ministry and Theology, or an award of a similar type, field and level that is accredited with AQTF.

Students who are going to partake in our current Advanced Diploma of Christian ministry and Theology you need to have successfully completed a Diploma in Christian ministry and Theology, or an award of a similar type, field and level that is accredited with AQTF.

Students who are going to partake in our Vocational Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry and theology you need to have successfully completed an Advanced Diploma in Christian ministry and Theology, or an award of a similar type, field and level that is accredited with AQTF.  Alternatively you need to have completed a Bachelor award of any kind or field.

Students who are going to partake in our Vocational Graduate Diploma in Christian Ministry and theology you need to have successfully completed a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry and theology an Advanced Diploma in Christian ministry and Theology, or an award of a similar type, field and level that is accredited with AQTF.  Alternatively you need to have completed a Bachelor award of any kind or field as well as a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry and theology.

Students who have met all the above criteria, have put in place a vocational placement agreement suitable to their level of study (for more information on Vocational Placement please see student hand book), read and signed the student handbook you have completed all criteria required for becoming a student at Hope College.

Application of Merit

The application of merit in decision-making processes involves Hope College considering each application on a case-by-case basis and not applying inflexibly policies that preclude eligible applicants from having their application considered.

No Income Test

Hope College does not apply an income test when making decisions about which of their students are eligible for VET FEE-HELP assistance.

Educational Disadvantage

When making decisions about the selection of students, Hope College takes educational disadvantages that a particular student has experienced into account. This involves consideration of the actual disadvantages that a particular student has experienced.

Hope College does not use ‘proxy indicators’ of educational disadvantage in the absence of clear evidence that all students in such a group necessarily suffered educational disadvantage. Such proxy indicators are not used because they assume that all people who satisfy the proxy condition (e.g. being from a low income group or being from a rural area) have necessarily experienced educational disadvantage. Hope College considers a particular student’s specific circumstances before making a decision about whether the student has actually suffered educational disadvantage. Hope College publishes and makes publicly available its equal benefits and opportunity procedures on its brochures and websites.