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What is a bridging course for overseas-trained professionals?
A bridging course is one that will enable you to meet specific academic or professional requirements for entry to a listed professional occupation in Australia. If you are undertaking a bridging course as an overseas-trained professional then you may access a FEE-HELP loan if you meet the eligibility criteria.
For FEE-HELP purposes, your bridging course must not:
- lead to a higher education award;
- exceed the equivalent of one year of full-time study.
For FEE-HELP purposes, your course is not a bridging course for overseas-trained professionals if it:
- provides a qualification beyond basic entry level to your profession;
- leads to a higher education award, such as a postgraduate degree;
- provides training for an occupation that is not a listed occupation; or
- is a general English language training course.
Am I eligible for FEE-HELP for my bridging course?
In addition to the above criteria, students must also hold an assessment statement issued by an assessing body for the professional occupations listed at Appendix A of the FEE-HELP information for 2012 booklet.
Tuition fees for bridging courses for an overseas-trained professional are set by individual higher education providers. As an overseas-trained professional you may be eligible for a FEE-HELP loan to help you pay your tuition fees if:
- you are enrolled in a bridging course for overseas-trained professionals course with an eligible provider;
- your course meets the FEE-HELP eligibility criteria for bridging courses;
- you are an Australian citizen or you have a permanent visa; and
- you will reside in Australia for the duration of your course.
How do I apply for a FEE-HELP loan?
To apply for FEE-HELP, you will need to get a Request for FEE-HELP assistance form from your higher education provider.Return to top