VET FEE-HELP

VET FEE-HELP

VET FEE-HELP is available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at the diploma level and above as well as a limited number of Certificate IV qualifications. VET FEE HELP can be used to pay all or part of an eligible student’s tuition fees, but cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books.


Am I eligible for VET FEE-HELP?

You are eligible for VET FEE-HELP if you:

  • are an Australian citizen or permanent humanitarian visa holder (resident in Australia for the duration of the unit); AND
  • are a full fee-paying / fee for service student studying a diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate or graduate diploma level course at an approved VET FEE-HELP provider; OR
  • are a student subsidised by the Victorian, South Australian, Queensland or Western Australian State Government studying a diploma or advanced diploma course or a limited number of Certificate IV courses; AND
  • have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit (see below); AND
    • meet the tax file number (TFN) requirements: OR
    • if you don't have a TFN you can give your provider a Certificate of application for a TFN. This certificate is available from the Australian Taxation Office (opens in a new window) after you have applied for a TFN; AND
  • submit the Request for VET FEE-HELP Assistance Form to your VET provider prior to the census date.

    For more information regarding eligibility requirements, read the VET FEE-HELP Information booklet, available on the publications page.

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    Am I studying at an approved VET FEE-HELP provider?

    Not all providers are approved to offer VET FEE-HELP loans. You can only access VET FEE HELP at a registered training organisation that has been approved under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to offer VET FEE HELP to eligible students.

    For a list of providers who are approved to offer VET FEE HELP, see Approved VET providers.

    For a list of providers who are approved to offer VET FEE-HELP to a limited number of Certificate IV courses visit the Certificate IV trial page.

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    Are there different course costs for subsidised students?

    Course costs are determined by approved VET providers. You should check your provider's website for information on individual course fees.

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    Can subsidised students access VET FEE-HELP?

    Yes, if the student is eligible and is currently subsidised by the Victorian, South Australian, Queensland and Western Australian Governments and is enrolled in a diploma or advanced diploma course or a limited number of Certificate IV courses at an approved VET provider. Contact your provider.

    Access to VET FEE-HELP in other states and territories is for eligible full fee-paying students only, with access for subsidised students to occur progressively over 2014 and 2015. More information, including commencement dates, will be on this website as it becomes available.
    For further information regarding eligibility requirements for subsidised training, visit the respective state government websites as follows:

    Victoria
    Skills Victoria website (opens in a new window).
    South Australia
    Skills for All website (opens in a new window) or email skillsforall@sa.gov.au or call the Skills for All Infoline on 1800 506 266.
    Queensland
    Great skills. Real opportunities. website (opens in a new window)
    Western Australia
    Future Skills WA website (opens in a new window)

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    How much can I borrow?

    Eligible students can borrow up to the FEE-HELP limit to pay their tuition fees. The FEE-HELP limit is the total amount available to eligible students under both the VET FEE-HELP and FEE-HELP loan schemes. This means that any amount you borrow under either VET FEE-HELP or FEE-HELP will reduce your FEE-HELP balance (the amount of FEE-HELP you have left to use) until you have reached the FEE-HELP limit.

    For 2014, the FEE-HELP limit is $120,002 for students undertaking medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses (as defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003), and $96,000 for all other students.

    For 2013, the FEE-HELP limit is $116,507 for students undertaking medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses (as defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003), and $93,204 for all other students.

    The FEE-HELP limit is a lifetime limit and is not reset or ‘topped up’ by any repayments that you make.

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    Is there a loan fee?

    Yes, for some students. A 20% loan fee applies for VET FEE-HELP loans accessed by full fee paying/fee for service students. The loan fee does not count towards your FEE-HELP limit.

    You will not incur the loan fee if you are a student who is subsidised by the Western Australian, Queensland, Victorian or South Australian State Government.

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    Will previous study or other debts affect my eligibility?

    No (unless you have already reached your FEE-HELP limit). Any previous study you have undertaken, and any other financial debts you may have incurred will not affect your eligibility to access a VET FEE-HELP loan. As long as you meet the above eligibility criteria and have enough of your FEE-HELP limit (see above) left to cover your tuition fees, you will be able to access VET FEE-HELP.

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    How do I apply?

    See the Applying page for information on applying for a VET FEE-HELP loan.

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    How do I repay my VET FEE-HELP loan?

    See the Loan repayment page for information on repaying your loan.

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    Need more information?

    Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page or the Contact us page.

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