Providers that offer Commonwealth assistance
To access Commonwealth assistance (either a Commonwealth supported place or a HELP loan), students must be enrolled with an eligible Australian education provider. Eligible providers are categorised as universities, approved private higher education providers, Open Universities Australia (OUA) or an approved Vocational Education and Training (VET) provider.Skip to List of higher education providers.
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In Australia, there are public and private universities. These universities are self‑accrediting institutions. This means that they are responsible for determining the curriculum and content for the courses they offer.
Most domestic students undertaking a bachelor degree at a public university are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) and pay 'student contributions' rather than tuition fees.
Private universities mainly offer fee paying places and must be approved by the Australian Government to offer Commonwealth supported places in 'national priority' areas.
Eligible students studying in a CSP may be able to study now and pay later by using a HECS‑HELP loan to pay their student contributions.
Eligible fee paying students can also study now and pay later by using a FEE‑HELP loan to pay their tuition fees.
Approved private higher education providers
These are generally privately funded, non‑university higher education providers which offer a range of fee paying courses leading to a higher education award course (generally at the bachelor degree level and above). These private higher education providers have been approved by the Australian Government to offer FEE‑HELP loans to eligible students.
Only a few of these providers have been approved by the Australian Government to offer Commonwealth supported places in 'national priority' areas.
Open Universities Australia (OUA)
OUA provides distance education to tertiary students. OUA is owned and operated by a consortium of Australian universities and offers tertiary students a chance to undertake higher education study regardless of their ATAR, previous education, age or location.
FEE‑HELP loans are available to eligible students for both undergraduate and postgraduate units of study undertaken through OUA.
Approved VET Provider
This is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that has been approved by the Australian Government to offer VET Student Loans (or previously VET FEE‑HELP loans - now closed) to eligible students undertaking certain higher‑level VET qualifications (diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses).