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​Distance education fee

Section 51 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 authorises the Department to charge non-State school students for a component of a program of distance education (ie. a subject). This fee applies to all non-state school enrolments at a School of Distance Education (BSDE). This fee will contribute towards the State continuing to make distance education available to non-State schools, ensuring the widest possible subject choice for students, while recovering a proportion of the teaching and overhead costs.
An invoice will be provided by the Department to non-State schools for the provision of distance education.
This invoice will detail the -
​total average cost per annum of providing a subject of distance education.
​State Government subsidy of approximately 50%.
​ fee prescribed in s.69 of the Education (General Provision) Regulation 2006.
In 2016 the fee is $1,253.70 per subject per student per year. If the student enrols only in Semester 2, the fee payable is $627.15 per subject per student. This fee increases by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) each year in line with the Government’s Principles for Fees and Charges.

Distance education fee waiver -

There is provision for a waiver of the fee. However, the fee must be paid in full before service is provided to the student and a waiver application is considered.
The chief executive of the department may waive, entirely or partly, payment of the fee if satisfied the student is:  
​undertaking distance education and would suffer a significant educational disadvantage if the student was not able to continue in the program.
payment of the fee would cause financial hardship to the person liable to pay it.
The chief executive may also waive the fee if satisfied that the waiver is appropriate and reasonable because of exceptional circumstances.

Distance education fee refund

This fee may be partially refunded if, due to a change in personal circumstances, the student is no longer enrolled to undertake a component of a program of distance education. Non-state schools can request a refund on behalf of the student before the end of the first semester, by completing the Non-State School Refund Application form  stating the reason for the application and the date that enrolment ceased. In accordance with the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, refund applications will not be considered if the student cancels and the refund application is dated after the end of Semester 1.
Refunds are calculated from the refund application date and will be provided up to and including day 24 of the school year. An administration fee of $100.00 will be deducted from the amount refundable. From week five the $100.00 administration fee and an additional $25.00 per week will be deducted from the original payment, up to the end of week 20 of the school year. In accordance with the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 refund applications will not be considered after the end of Semester 1.
Refunds are not pro-rated from the date of enrolment.
An applicant who is not satisfied with a refund decision has 14 days after being notified of the decision, to apply for a reconsideration of the decision. This application is lodged with the school Principal who will refer the application to the Regional Director to reconsider the decision.

Textbook Allowance

Brisbane School of Distance Education is required to claim pro-rata Textbook Allowance for all students including school based enrolments.
Therefore, BSDE will claim 0.2 for each subject enrolment. The BSDE Textbook Allowance claim will be submitted after an enrolments’ snapshot on 1 March 2016.
Non-State school based students enrolling after 1 March, 2016 are required to pay the full General Resource Fee.