Tuition fees are required to be paid before enrolment at CIC can be confirmed. All figures given are in New Zealand dollars and include New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Protection of Student Fees
CIC seeks to comply with S.239A(2) of the Education Act, 1989, with regard to the protection of student fees:
- All student fees (unless fees are $500 or less, courses are of 5 days or 50 hours duration or less,or students do not pay fees themselves) are required to be initially deposited in the Student Fees Trust Account protected and managed by Public Trust, a Government Owned Entity which is New Zealand’s largest trustee organisation.
- Funds held in this trust account can only be released after the student has been at CIC for 8 days and after the Trustee has given his/her permission for the funds to be so released.
- The Refund Policy is based on a student’s “Path of Study”.
- Path/Course of Study is defined as the length of the programme as detailed in the statement of fees and accepted by payment and enrolment.
- In accordance with S.228(2) of the Education Act, 1989, CIC published fees include the following:
Tuition costs; Workbook (but not textbook), stationary and resource costs; Insurance (if using CIC’s policy).
Note: This does not include NZQA credit loading and certificate fees.
Refund and Withdrawal Policy
NZQA also requires CIC to have withdrawal and refund policies that cover both student and course or CIC withdrawal. The formula for calculating a refund is as follows;
Courses Three Months and over:
Prior to commencement of study
If notice of cancellation is received in writing before the start of the course, full tuition fees will be refunded. However, CIC is entitled to deduct 25% of the fees paid, provided costs were incurred to this amount and can be justified.
Withdrawal within the first ten working days of study
A student is entitled to a refund of an amount equal to the fees paid, less a 25% deduction, as long as he/she withdraws from the course within ten working days of starting that course.
After ten working days
No refunds will be made to a student who wishes to withdraw from CIC after the first ten working days of starting the course. The only exceptions, as required by the Education Act, are when CIC either withdraws a course or closes. If a course is withdrawn a student has the option of taking another course offered by CIC. A student is able to transfer to another college or receive a refund (minus the time studied) as a result of closure.
Withdrawals and refunds for courses of less than three months delivered to all students
For courses of up to and including four weeks and six days:
• Where a student withdraws up to the end of the second day of the course CIC shall refund an amount equal to the fees paid less a deduction of 50%.
• If two days constitutes the full amount of tuition paid for by the student, CIC may retain up 100% of the payment made for the course.
For courses of five weeks or more but less than three months:
• Where a student withdraws up to the end of the fifth day of the course CIC shall fund an amount equal to the fees paid less a deduction of 25%.
- Students who withdraw before the course commences will also be subject to the above criteria. That is, they will be entitled to a refund less any amounts allowed to be retained by CIC as noted above.
These further conditions apply:
- In order to be eligible for any refund the student or parent (if the student is under 18 years of age) must apply in writing to CIC, and be signed and dated;
- No refunds will be made to a student who is asked to leave CIC because of misbehaviour, poor attendance or violation of New Zealand law.
- If the student is transferring to another institution in New Zealand, which meets the Foreign Student Policy requirements of Immigration New Zealand, the refund will then be transferred to this institution on presentation of a copy of an admission letter that includes the institution’s bank account details;
It is a requirement of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) for all students enrolled at CIC to take out insurance cover for the duration of the time they are studying at CIC. This insurance policy should cover medical expenses; evacuation and repatriation; cancellation and changes to a planned journey; personal accident; personal liability; rental car excess; money and travel documents; baggage and personal items.
Note: CIC Refund Policy shall be subject to the New Zealand Education Act and its Amendments which shall take priority
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