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.

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.

Tuition assurance changes for FEE-HELP providers

The Australian Government will implement interim tuition assurance arrangements for the 2018 calendar year, for FEE-HELP, VET Student Loans, and remaining grandfathered VET FEE-HELP students, while it considers tuition assurance beyond 2018.

Under the VET Student Loans Rules 2016, the provisional approval of the current tuition assurance operators, the Australian Council for Private Education and Training and TAFE Directors Australia, expires on 31 December 2017.

If you would like further information, please refer to the Tuition Assurance FAQs document.

You can also contact the department at:

FEE-HELP: FEE-HELPTuitionAssurance@education.gov.au or

VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans: VETTuitionAssurance@education.gov.au.

Please note: the Tuition Assurance FAQs document will be updated regularly. Students and providers are encouraged to check for updates. 

Tuition Assurance Operator Expression of Interest

The Government is considering options for tuition assurance arrangements for 2019 and beyond. As part of this process, the Department of Education and Training is exploring sustainable tuition assurance models.

The Department of Education and Training invites expressions of interest to become a tuition assurance operator, providing tuition assurance coverage for VET Student Loans and FEE-HELP providers from January 2019. Respondents to this EOI are also invited to indicate whether they are interested in seeking ASQA’s approval to operate a tuition assurance scheme under the Standards. 

The Expression of Interest opened on 5 January 2018 and closes on 29 January 2018.

Please refer to the document, Tuition Assurance Operator Expression of Interest – Guideline for information on this opportunity, including how to respond to the Expression of Interest.

Questions relating to this process should be directed to: VETTuitionAssurance@education.gov.au.

Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)

HELP provides assistance for students to pay their student contributions (HECS-HELP), tuition fees (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 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.

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 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.

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.

For new information about HELP and any changes to the program, 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. 2016 VET FEE-HELP Statisical Report Discussion

    Created: 16 August 2017

    2016 VET FEE-HELP Statisical Report Discussion

  9. 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.

  10. 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...

  11. 2018 Allocation of units of study to funding clusters

    Created: 30 August 2017  |  Last modified: 18 December 2017

    2018 allocation of units of study to funding clusters and student contribution bands according to field of education codes.

  12. 2018 Indexed Rates

    Created: 30 August 2017  |  Last modified: 18 December 2017

    2018 Commonwealth contribution amounts, maximum student contribution amounts, FEE-HELP limit, maximum OS-HELP amounts, maximum SA-HELP fee and minimum indicative course fees for...

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

    Created: 11 December 2013

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

    Created: 11 December 2013

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

    Created: 11 December 2013

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

    Created: 11 December 2013

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

    Created: 11 December 2013

  18. 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.

  19. Bachelor of Circus Arts- Swinburne University of Technology

    Created: 26 November 2013

  20. 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

  21. Courses which are not enabling courses

    Created: 26 November 2013

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. Fact sheet- Enhanced Compliance Measures

    Created: 5 October 2016  |  Last modified: 13 April 2017

    From 1 January 2017, VET Student Loans commenced replacing the VET FEE‑HELP scheme for all new students. VET Student Loans will offer greater protections for students and...

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

    Created: 7 December 2016  |  Last modified: 13 April 2017

    The document Fact sheet - Information for current VET FEE-HELP providers is now out of date and is replaced by Fact sheet - VET FEE-HELP Grandfathering.

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