TEC Funding Conditions/Confusions

TEC circulated a consolidated Funding Confirmation Guide in February 2017. This brought together the material that had originally been included in the funding approval letters sent out before Christmas.

This seemed like a good and useful idea but there is just one hitch. Either inadvertently or deliberately a number of changes had been made in the February version. Here’s an apparently trivial example relating to the definition of a valid domestic student.

Here’s the original:

(i)      you are satisfied that the student is capable of completing the academic requirements of the programme of study or training in which the student is enrolled; or

(ii)    you have ensured that the student has a school exemption certificate from the Ministry of Education; or

And here’s the changed version:

(i)      you are satisfied that the student is capable of completing the academic requirements of the programme of study or training in which the student is enrolled; and

(ii)    you have ensured that the student has a school exemption certificate from the Ministry of Education; and

Of course it may not be so trivial when you are audited. There are other anomalies in the consolidated document.