Will I lose out on any credit?
No. With the transition into the new course structures, no credit earned will be removed from students’ transcript. All units completed will continue to contribute towards your continuing course under the new structure.
What will these changes mean for my FEE-HELP loan or tuition fees?
No changes. Coursework units and projects in coursework awards cost the same, regardless of unit level. The change in unit levels will not impact your tuition fees or any FEE-HELP loan implications.
What will these changes mean for my student payments from Centrelink?
We do not anticipate any changes to student payments due to the restructure of courses.
It is your obligation to report any changes in your enrolment in a course to the Department of Human Services. All courses at levels 5-8 are approved for student payments. Courses at level 9 (masters) approved for student payments include:
- Master of Ministry
- Master of Divinity
- Master of Divinity / Graduate Diploma of Divinity
- Master of Arts (Ministry) (to the end of 2021)
- Master of Arts (Theology) (to the end of 2021)
- Master of Missional Leadership
- Master of Theological Studies
How long will I have to complete my course?
Your candidature period to complete the course remains unchanged. You can check your candidature expiry date by logging into Paradigm.
When will these changes take effect for existing students?
Foundational postgraduate units will no longer be offered at Level 7 in any course from the start of 2022.
Students enrolled in a Coursework Masters degree (MTS, MML, MICS, MA(ChrStuds), MCL) before 2022 will have until the end of 2022 to complete the course with no requirement for an increase in Level 9. If students continue into 2023, students will need to complete 60cps at Level 9, or the remainder of their units, whichever is lower.
Students enrolled in an Extended Masters degree (MDiv, MMin, MDiv/GradDipDiv) before 2022 will have until the end of 2023 to complete the course with no requirement for an increase in Level 9. If students continue into 2024, students will need to complete 96cps at Level 9, or the remainder of their units, whichever is lower.