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Glossary of Common Acronyms and Words used at CIT

CAN

Commonwealth Assistance Notice. A notice containing information about enrolment and use of Commonwealth assistance. Higher education providers must issue a CAN to each of their Commonwealth assisted students after the census date. The CAN is provided to FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans students only

Census Date

Is the date on which all your enrolment requirements must be finalised if you are in a HELP eligible program/course. The census date is important because it is the deadline for all the following:

  • completing and submitting your Request for FEE-HELP Assistance application, or your Request for VET Student Loan assistance application:
  • paying your student fees up front, if you wish to pay up front; and
  • providing your Tax File Number (TFN), if you requested FEE- HELP assistance or VET Student Loan assistance.

If you remain enrolled in a Commonwealth assisted unit at the end of the census date you will:

  • incur a FEE-HELP debt, if you have requested FEE-HELP assistance or VET Student Loan assistance
  • your invoice will advise when your census dates are.
CHESSN

Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number. A unique identifier, allocated to all students accessing Commonwealth assistance for FEE-HELP or VET Student Loan

CIT

Canberra Institute of Technology

CITICT

Canberra Institute of Technology Information and Communication Technology

CITSA

Canberra Institute of Technology Student Association

CITSOL

CIT Solutions: CIT's commercial company

CRICOS

Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. CIT's CRICOS Provider Code is 00001K

CRN

Course Reference Number: The number that defines the class times, rooms and teacher allocated for delivery of a given subject in a semester

EFTSL

Equivalent Full Time Student Load, one EFTSL is a measure of the study load, for a year, of a student undertaking a course of study on a full time basis

ESL

English as a Second Language

eLearn

CIT's online environment which supports students study

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible fee-paying students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees.

FT

Full-time

GST

Goods and Services Tax

HE

Higher Education

HEP

Higher Education provider

NCVER

National Centre for Vocational Education Research

PIN

Personal Identification Number

PT

Part-time

USI

Unique Student Identifier number all students are required to have prior to enrolling

VET

Vocational Education and Training

VET Student Loan

VET Student Loans is a loan similar to FEE-HELP but for Diplomas and Advanced Loan Diplomas and was introduced by the Australian Government in 2017. CIT presently has a limited range of courses that can access VET Student Loan. Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses offered through the Academy of Interactive Entertainment may be eligible for VET Student Loan.