FEE-HELP is a Commonwealth government loan scheme that allows eligible students to borrow their fees.
FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) once your income reaches the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment. See the ATO website for repayment thresholds and rates for the current and past years.
Applications for FEE-HELP can be made online as you enrol for your units.
FEE-HELP is available to:
- Australian citizens residing in Australia
- Permanent humanitarian visa holders residing in Australia for the duration of their studies
- New Zealand citizens who have a special category visa, are residing in Australia and meet the residency criteria (Refer to FAQs - New Zealand citizens).
You must maintain a 50 per cent pass rate to remain eligible for FEE-HELP once you have undertaken 8 or more units.
What FEE-HELP covers
FEE-HELP does not cover:
- TAFE units
- bridging units (UNL, PREP)
- continuing professional education units
- additional special study materials, such as paintbrushes for art students
- financial penalties incurred for dropping or swapping units
What do you need to provide to apply for FEE-HELP?
You can complete an online application form if you are an Australian citizen with a Tax File Number (TFN).
Students without a TFN or Australian citizenship must complete a hard-copy FEE-HELP form and provide supporting documentation—for example, a copy of their visa or an assessment letter from CPA/NIA.
New Zealand citizens must complete a hard-copy FEE-HELP form and provide supporting documentation—for example, a copy of their visa and proof of stay in Australia.
Where is the FEE-HELP form?
To access the online FEE-HELP application, sign into My Study Centre, select Unpaid units and the button to Pay unpaid units.
If you're unable to complete an online FEE-HELP application, contact one of our Student Advisors to request a form to be sent to you in the mail.
Withdrawing from units and FEE-HELP
If you've received FEE-HELP for a unit that you withdraw from, then the date of your withdrawal determines whether you incur a FEE-HELP debt. See Changing your study for more information.
Commonwealth Assistance Notices (CAN)
Students who use FEE-HELP for all or part of their unit fees will receive a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN). A CAN statement contains information about your enrolment and use of FEE-HELP.
Your CAN statement is issued electronically within 28 days of the census date.
See Commonwealth assistance notices for more information.