Grandfathered VET FEE-HELP students


On 1 January 2017, the VET Student Loans program commenced and the VET FEE-HELP scheme closed for all new students. Arrangements were made to minimise disruption to existing VET FEE‑HELP students. Students wanting to continue their studies under the existing VET FEE-HELP arrangements needed to opt-in before 31 March 2017. For students wanting to undertake new studies in 2017 please see VET Student Loans.

The department sent out opt-in emails and letters progressively from December 2016 to all students with records already reported by their providers. If a student had not received their opt-in information already, the student was directed to fill in the online enquiry form.

Where a student has submitted an enquiry prior to midnight 31 March 2017, the department will ensure the enquiry is actioned and resolved. Where a student meets the eligibility requirements, the opt-in invitation will be sent or resent to the email address submitted by the student and the student can opt-in after 31 March 2017 (with all other requirements being met).

Should you choose to opt-in to continue accessing VET FEE-HELP, you will be entitled to VET FEE-HELP assistance for any units with census dates before 1 January 2018 that contribute to your continuing course. However, if you have remaining units with census dates on or after 1 January 2018, you may be able to apply for continued access in exceptional circumstances.

In exceptional circumstances some students may be eligible to extend their VET FEE-HELP assistance beyond 31 December 2017. Such circumstances may include, for example, illness or caring responsibilities. Part-time students may also be eligible for further extension. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Details on these arrangements about how students can request VET FEE-HELP for 2018 will be published on the website later in 2017.

Please see Fact sheet - VET FEE-HELP Grandfathering for more information.


If you submitted an online enquiry before 31 March 2017 and have not received any opt-in information please check your spam or junk mail folders for the opt-in invitation or email from the department. If you cannot find it please check your email settings and submit another enquiry.