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Removal of Student Learning Entitlement

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Student Learning Entitlement (SLE) was introduced to Australia on 1 January 2005. The system allocated eligible students an Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) value of 7.0, which entitled them to 7 years of equivalent full time study as Commonwealth Supported students. A student’s SLE was reduced by the EFTSL value of their unit(s) of study.

On 14 September 2011 Parliament passed legislation which abolished SLE, effective from 1 January 2012. Under the provisions of the Bill, higher education students no longer have a limit placed on how much study they can undertake as a Commonwealth Supported student.

Continuing students need not be concerned by any limits formerly placed on them by the operation of SLE. Students who have used up their SLE will now be able to continue study in a Commonwealth Supported place without restriction.

Further information about the abolition of the SLE system is available via the Australian Government’s Study Assist website’s glossary.

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