Higher Education Support Act 2003
Part 5-1 deals generally with payments by the Commonwealth under this Act.SECTION 96-3 96-3 Payments to higher education providers - full up-front payment of student contribution amount
If: (a) a student is entitled to an amount of *HECS-HELP assistance for a unit of study in which the student is enrolled with a higher education provider; and (b) one or more *up-front payments have been made in relation the unit; and (c) the amount of that up-front payment, or the sum of those up-front payments, is equal to 90% of the student ' s *student contribution amount for the unit;
the Commonwealth must, as a benefit to the student, pay to the provider the amount of HECS-HELP assistance for the unit in discharge of that amount of the student ' s liability to pay the student ' s student contribution amount for the unit.
The student does not incur a HECS-HELP debt in relation to the amount of HECS-HELP assistance paid by the Commonwealth to the provider under this section.