If you began your current enrolment with UTS College on or after 1 January 2018 and apply for FEE-HELP, the 50% pass rate will apply. More information is available at Study Assist.
This means that once you have undertaken 4 or more units in your diploma course, you must have passed at least 50% of your total attempted units in order to remain eligible for FEE-HELP. For example, if you are enrolled in the first semester of your diploma course, you undertake 4 units and fail 3, you will not be eligible to access FEE-HELP in the second semester. You would have needed to pass at least 2 units. Then if in the second semester, having paid for your units upfront you undertook another 4 units (8 units in total), you would need to pass 3 of those in order to re-establish your FEE-HELP eligibility in the third semester (i.e. 8 units attempted and 4 passed). What you need to ensure is that you pass at least 50% of your total attempted units across your course of study. Otherwise you will have to pay the tuition fees upfront until you improve your pass rate.
If you choose to change courses or providers, your completion rate does not follow you, allowing you to re-set the clock on the 50 per cent pass rate. You may choose to pay for units up-front in your course to allow you to increase your success rate and regain eligibility for Commonwealth assistance.
If you have a low completion rate and you can demonstrate 'special circumstances' have adversely affected your academic performance, UTS College can allow consideration for these impacts.