HELP and other Information

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The Australian Government provides financial assistance to students through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), which consists of five different loan schemes.

From 1 January 2017 VET FEE‑HELP will cease and VET Student Loans will commence. For more information visit VET Student Loans.

As part of the 2015-16 Budget, the Government has announced the recovery of overseas HECS debts.

The Government has passed legislation to provide HELP loans to New Zealand citizens who are Special Category Visa (SCV) holders and meet the requisite criteria.

Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)

HELP provides assistance for students to pay their student contributions (HECS-HELP), tuition fees (FEE-HELP and VET FEE-HELP), overseas study expenses (OS-HELP) and student service and amenities fees (SA-HELP).

Education Providers can get information on how to apply to become approved to offer FEE-HELP or VET FEE-HELP to their eligible students; and approved HELP providers can access a range of important support materials.

For students

Moving from school to tertiary education is a big step, and many students can find the transition difficult.

There are many aspects of tertiary education that are different to studying at high school and you need to make sure you understand all the financial support and services available to you, and the requirements you must fulfill before you begin. For detailed information about the types of support and services available, visit the Study Assist website.

Commonwealth Scholarships

There are many scholarships available at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and in many fields of study. The Study Assist website lists some of scholarships available to both Australian and international students.

Student payments

There are a range of means-tested payments available to support eligible students who are undertaking, or who are planning to undertake, approved study or an Australian Apprenticeship.

Government loans for students

The Australian Government provides financial assistance through five different HELP schemes to assist students with the cost of their tuition. The right loan for you will depend on your circumstances, eligibility and where you want to study.

HELP for applicants/approved providers

Providers can apply to become approved to offer either FEE-HELP or VET FEE HELP to eligible students.

FEE-HELP is for eligible fee-paying students enrolled in an accredited higher education course, such as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, to pay all or part of their tuition fees.

VET FEE-HELP is for the vocational education and training (VET) sector to assist eligible students undertaking certain VET courses of study (VET diploma, VET advanced diploma, VET graduate certificate and VET graduate diploma) with an approved provider, to pay for all or part of their tuition costs.

Once a provider is approved to offer HELP, there are many aspects that provides need to learn to ensure they meet the ongoing compliance requirements.  This website provides information to assist providers in meeting their requirements.  For detailed information about schedule and estimates, provider withdrawal processes, funding clusters and indexed rates, statistics and data reporting, ongoing financial requirements and access to the HELP IT System (HITS), providers can review either the Approved HEP information or Approved VET provider information pages.

For new information about HELP and any changes to the programme, providers can keep up to date with the HELP Noticeboard.

Our HELP Resources for providers include newsletters, the HITS user guides, legislation, guidelines and administrative documents.

Providers can also email the appropriate line area within the department by reviewing the Contact Us page.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with HELP and other Information.

Results

  1. 2008 student contribution bands and ranges

    Created: 11 December 2013

  2. 2008 student contribution bands and ranges for pre-2005 HECS students

    Created: 11 December 2013

  3. 2008 student contribution bands and ranges for pre-2008 students

    Created: 11 December 2013

  4. 2015 CGS and HELP allocation of units of study to associated funding

    Created: 19 May 2014  |  Last modified: 6 May 2016

    2015 CGS and HELP allocation of units of study to associated funding

  5. 2015 indexed CGS and HELP rates

    Created: 19 May 2014  |  Last modified: 6 May 2016

    2015 indexed CGS and HELP rates

  6. 2016 CGS and HELP allocation of units of study to associated funding

    Created: 15 June 2015  |  Last modified: 3 May 2016

    2016 CGS and HELP allocation of units of study to associated funding

  7. 2016 indexed CGS and HELP rates

    Created: 15 June 2015  |  Last modified: 3 May 2016

    2016 indexed CGS and HELP rates

  8. 2017 Allocation of units of study to funding clusters

    Created: 20 July 2016  |  Last modified: 22 July 2016

    2017 allocation of units of study to funding clusters and student contribution bands according to field of education codes.

  9. 2017 Indexed Rates

    Created: 20 July 2016

    2017 Commonwealth contribution amounts, maximum student contribution amounts, FEE-HELP limit, maximum OS-HELP amounts, maximum SA-HELP fee and minimum indicative course fees for...

  10. Allocation of units of study to funding clusters and student contribution bands according to Field of Education Codes for 2009

    Created: 11 December 2013

  11. Allocation of units of study to funding clusters and student contribution bands according to Field of Education Codes for 2010

    Created: 11 December 2013

  12. Allocation of units of study to funding clusters and student contribution bands according to Field of Education Codes for 2011

    Created: 11 December 2013

  13. Allocation of units of study to funding clusters and student contribution bands according to Field of Education Codes for 2012

    Created: 11 December 2013

  14. Allocation of units of study to funding clusters and student contribution bands according to Field of Education Codes for 2013

    Created: 11 December 2013

  15. Allocation of units of study to funding clusters and student contribution bands according to Field of Education Codes for 2014

    Created: 11 December 2013  |  Last modified: 28 May 2015

    For 2014, outlines the allocation of units of study to Commonwealth contibution amounts and maximum student contribution amounts.

  16. Assessment of LLN testing instruments and processes for VET FEE-HELP Report (Stage 2)

    Created: 15 December 2015

    Describes the assessment of language, literacy and numeracy testing instruments and processes for VET FEE-HELP.

  17. Bachelor of Circus Arts- Swinburne University of Technology

    Created: 26 November 2013

  18. Change control document VET Guidelines 2015 to Higher Education Support VET Guidelines 2015

    Created: 21 January 2016

    Comparison table to identify changes from VET Guideline 2015 to Higher Education Support VET Guideline 2015

  19. Courses which are not enabling courses

    Created: 26 November 2013

  20. Declaration of Compliance with Reporting Requirements

    Created: 26 November 2013  |  Last modified: 8 May 2015

    The Declaration of Compliance with Reporting Requirements states a provider is willing and able to meet the ongoing data reporting requirements.

  21. Deed of Financial Guarantee- Financial Viability

    Created: 20 November 2013  |  Last modified: 19 September 2016

    A template for providers in completing their Deed of Financial Guarantee - Financial Viability requirements

  22. Fact sheet- Enhanced Compliance Measures

    Created: 5 October 2016  |  Last modified: 9 December 2016

    From 1 January 2017, VET Student Loans will be introduced – replacing the VET FEE‑HELP scheme. VET Student Loans will offer greater protections for students and provide access...

  23. Fact sheet- Information for current VET FEE-HELP providers

    Created: 7 December 2016  |  Last modified: 4 January 2017

    From 1 January 2017, VET Student Loans will be implemented and VET FEE‑HELP will cease for all new students. VET Student Loans gives students, providers and the VET sector the...

  24. Fact sheet- Information for existing VET FEE-HELP students

    Created: 5 October 2016  |  Last modified: 4 January 2017

    From 1 January 2017 VET FEE‑HELP will cease and a new VET Student Loans prorgam will commence. Students currently financing their studies through a VET FEE‑HELP loan will not be...

  25. Fact sheet- Information for new providers

    Created: 5 October 2016  |  Last modified: 9 December 2016

    From 1 January 2017, VET Student Loans will be introduced – replacing the VET FEE‑HELP scheme. The new student loans program will be affordable, sustainable and student-centred....

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