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Help with fees

FEE-HELP is a student loan that lets you study now and pay later. You can use it to pay all or part of your tuition fees. Find out if you are eligible.

Study Now, Pay Later

Are you worried about the cost of studying? Investing in your future with a higher education qualification is one of the smartest investments you'll ever make – and FEE-HELP can make it easier to cover the costs upfront.

What is FEE-HELP?

FEE-HELP is a student loan that lets you study now and pay later.
It's provided by the Federal Government, and eligible fee-paying students can use it to pay all or part of their tuition fees.

You will need to pay a fee of 25% of the total loan amount for all undergraduate courses.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for FEE-HELP you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen, a NZ citizen who meets FEE-HELP eligibility criteria, or a permanent humanitarian visa holder who will live in Australia while studying, or a permanent visa holder undertaking bridging study so you can meet requirements for professional entry to Australia
  • Provide a tax file number
  • Not exceed your FEE-HELP loan limit
  • Provide, or be allocated, a Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) – a unique identifying number provided by the Government

Is FEE-HELP available for my course?

If you are studying one of our accredited higher education courses, you can access FEE-HELP.

Check course tuition fees for domestic students.

When do I repay the loan?

You only start repaying your FEE-HELP loan when you start earning a salary that meets or exceeds the minimum income threshold, as set out on the Study Assist website. Loan repayments are deducted from your salary through the Australian tax system.

How do I apply?

First, read the FEE-HELP Information Booklet. Then, complete a Request for FEE-HELP Assistance form on or before the fee payment date for your course (the 'census date'). When you enrol at your local campus, you can pick up this form.

Any questions? Visit the Study Assist website to learn more about FEE-HELP, including FAQs and information about loan limits.

Will FEE-HELP affect my rights and responsibilities?

If you claim financial assistance, you'll receive the same fair treatment, benefits and opportunities as all other students.

If you're considering applying for FEE-HELP, make sure you understand your obligations by reading the FEE-HELP Information Booklet.

What if I withdraw from my course?

We understand that life can change unexpectedly. If you need to withdraw from a course and want to get a refund on the fees you have already paid, please talk with us first. We may be able to make alternative arrangements to help you continue your studies.

To withdraw from a higher education subject or subjects, please submit the Withdrawal Application Form to your course coordinator. Each course has a specific census date, which is the date at which you are responsible for paying the course fee. 

If you withdraw after the census date you will have to pay for that subject. 

If you withdraw due to special circumstances after the census date, you may be entitled to a refund of any upfront payment you've made, or re-credit of your FEE-HELP balance if you have taken out a FEE-HELP loan.

To apply for a re-credit of your FEE-HELP loan or refund of an upfront payment due to special circumstances, complete the Application to Re-credit FEE-HELP Balance Form

If you wish to request a review of an unsuccessful application for application for a refund or re-credit use the Application to Review a Decision Form

What if my course is no longer available?

If you're enrolled in a course that is cancelled, we will:

  • Offer you enrolment in a similar course of study
  • Refund any upfront payments for subjects that you have started but not completed because we ceased to offer that course
  • Re-credit your FEE-HELP balance for the affected subjects

For more information, read the Statement of Tuition Assurance

Is my personal information safe?

When you enrol with us, the collection, storage, use and disclosure of any personal information you provide is protected by legislation.

For more information, see Fair Treatment.

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