On 1 January 2017, VET Student Loans commenced and VET FEE-HELP closed for all new students. VET Student Loans replaces the current VET FEE‑HELP scheme. Students may have received an email/letter from the Department of Education and Training (the department) about it. Please read the fact sheet for VET FEE-HELP Opt In students 

If you are financing your studies in 2016 (or earlier) through a VET FEE-HELP loan, and are continuing your studies in 2017, you will have the choice to continue to access a VET FEE-HELP loan for 2017. In certain circumstances, some students may be eligible to extend their VET FEE-HELP assistance beyond 1 January 2018. Such circumstances may include, for example, illness or caring responsibilities, or part-time students. Students will need to apply to continue using VET FEE-HELP for their existing course beyond 2017 and applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

In some cases students may not meet the eligibility requirements, for example you may have completed your studies. Students will need to read the information and factsheets to check if they are eligible. Students must also check with their current VET FEE-HELP providers where they are currently enrolled in courses for 2017 whether they meet the continuing VET FEE-HELP requirements.

In some cases students may have received a letter from the department indicating that they have a VET FEE-HELP loan and have never studied. Please see the information below on how to follow this matter up with the department.

To opt-in to continue access to VET FEE-HELP in 2017, you must have been enrolled in a course and accessed VET FEE-HELP for a unit in that course (that is a census date passed) before 31 December 2016 and the Secretary of the department must be satisfied you are a genuine student.

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