The Australian Government has announced a range of reforms to improve the higher education sector. These reforms will deliver a more sustainable sector, more choices for students and increase transparency and accountability in higher education. For more information visit the Higher Education Reform Package webpage.
Commonwealth supported place
A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is a subsidised place at University*. The Government subsidises a Commonwealth supported place by paying part of the fees directly to the provider and the Commonwealth supported student pays the reminder of the fees through a 'student contribution'.
*CSPs are available at all public Universities and a few private higher education provides in some national priority areas.
Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place can access a HECS-HELP loan to pay their student contribution amount, providing they meet all of the eligibility requirements.
Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders enrolled in full fee paying places at approved higher education providers may access a FEE-HELP loan to pay their tuition fees, providing they meet all the eligibility requirements.
Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders can access a SA-HELP loan to pay their student services and amenities fee.
Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders enrolled in an undergraduate Commonwealth supported place can access an OS-HELP loan to pay some of their overseas study expenses, providing they meet all the eligibility requirements.
From 1 January 2017 VET FEE‑HELP will cease and VET Student Loans will commence. For more information visit VET Student Loans.