VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the VET FEE-HELP scheme. The new VET Student Loans program offers greater protection for students and focus on courses that address industry needs, creating better opportunities for employment. VET Student Loans offers income contingent loan support to eligible students studying Diploma level and above vocational education and training qualifications.

The application round for organisations to apply to become an approved course provider for VET Student Loans closed on 26 September 2017. The department is in the process of assessing applications.

VET Student Loans Eligible Courses and Loan Caps

Certain Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas, delivered by VET Student Loan approved providers, are eligible for a VET Student Loan. Eligible students will be entitled for loans up to a capped amount.

The list of current VET Student Loans approved courses and maximum loan amounts is available in the VET Student Loans (Courses and Loan Caps) Determination 2016 on www.legislation.gov.au.  

A list of VET Student Loans Approved Course Providers from 1 July 2017 is available in the 2017 Approved Course Providers List.

In February 2017, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training began a comprehensive review of the methodology of the VET Student Loan Course list and course caps. More information on the Review, including the Terms of Reference is available on the Review of the VET Student Loans Eligible Course List and Loan Caps methodology page.

Information for Students

Information for students on how to access a VET Student Loan is available at:

Advice for all VET FEE-HELP student related enquiries, including frequently asked questions, how to manage your loan, and grandfathering arrangements for continuing students is available at

Information on what to do if your provider closes is available at

Information on VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loan debt issues and complaints concerning a provider is available at

Students can search for courses and course providers, including VET Student Loan Approved courses and providers at

Information for students about government assistance for financing tertiary study is available at

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Information for Providers

Information for providers regarding VET Student Loans, including resources payment and reporting information and frequently asked questions is available at

Advice on how to become a VET Student Loans Provider is available at

Information for VET FEE-HELP Providers managing continuing VET FEE-HELP students is available at

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Legislation and policy documents

VET Student Loans Acts of Parliament and Legislative Instruments. 

Acts of Parliament

Legislative Instruments

Supporting Information

The Regulation Impact Statement sets out the Government's preferred option for the VET FEE-HELP redesign, as well as alternatives, developed following consultations with VET FEE-HELP providers in April 2016 and public submissions in response to the discussion paper.

The Redesigning VET FEE-HELP Discussion Paper outlined issues with the VET FEE-HELP scheme, and proposed a range of possible options to address these. The Discussion Paper was opened for public comment until 30 June 2016.

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VET Student Loans Statistical Reports

The VET Student Loans Data Collection includes administrative and statistical data about the VET Student Loans program
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If you have questions after reading the information on VET Student Loans pages, please submit an enquiry form, found at the bottom of each page, or contact the HELP Student Enquiry line on 1800 020 108.