Increased Higher Education Loan Program loan limit for some aviation courses

Students undertaking eligible aviation courses, with census dates after 1 January 2020, that lead to a commercial pilot licence qualification will be able to access an increased Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loan limit of $152,700.

Currently (2020), the HELP loan limit for students studying medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and eligible aviation courses is $152,700, and $106,319 for all other students. The eligible aviation courses are listed in the FEE-HELP Guidelines 2017.

The initiative was announced in the 2019-20 Federal Budget and legislation received passage through parliament on 14 November 2019.