VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the VET FEE-HELP scheme. The VET Student Loans program offers greater protection for students and focuses on courses that address industry needs, creating better opportunities for employment. VET Student Loans offers income contingent loan support to eligible students studying certain diploma level and above vocational education and training qualifications. Eligible students are entitled for loans up to a capped amount.

To access a VET Student Loan, a student must be enrolled at a VET Student Loans approved training provider that is approved to offer the VET Student Loans approved course.

A 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.  

A list of currently approved VET Student Loans providers is available at VET Student Loans Approved Course Providers. Providers who were once approved to offer VET Student Loans but are no longer approved can be found in the Providers no longer approved to offer VET Student Loans list.

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 Loans debt issues and complaints concerning a provider is available at

Students can search for courses and course providers, including VET Student Loans approved courses and providers at

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

Information on VET Student Loans and VET FEE-HELP compliance 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

Information about tuition assurance and provider closures is available at

Information on VET Student Loans and VET FEE-HELP compliance 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.

Review of the VET Student Loans Eligible Course List and Loan Caps Methodology

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. The outcome of the review was published on 11 December 2017.

Redevelopment and Audit of the VET Student Loans Data Collection Discussion Paper

The Redevelopment and Audit of the VET Student Loans Data Collection Discussion Paper (the paper) opens consultation with VSL stakeholders to seek views on how the department and DHS can ensure relevant, high quality data is collected through the Collection, using best practice submission processes. This paper is similar in purpose and aim to the Redevelopment and Audit of the Higher Education Data Collection Discussion Paper distributed to higher education providers in January 2018.

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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 via the online enquiry form at the bottom of each page, or contact the HELP Student Enquiry line on 1800 020 108.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with VET Student Loans.

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  1. Adding Approved Course Form- Schedule 3

    Created: 16 August 2018

    This form is used by eligible providers who wish to apply for courses to be added to Schedule 3 of the VET Student Loans (Courses and Caps) Determination 2016.

  2. Assessment of LLN testing tools for the VET Student Loans program

    Created: 15 December 2015  |  Last modified: 10 April 2017

    Describes the assessment of language, literacy and numeracy testing instruments and processes for VET Student Loans.

  3. Cancellation of a VET FEE-HELP Debt (unacceptable conduct) Application

    Created: 24 August 2018

    This document is the approved form for students applying for VET FEE-HELP re-credit under the unacceptable conduct provisions contained within Clause 46A, Schedule 1A of the...

  4. Cost Recovery Implementation Statement – information on cost recovery

    Created: 3 July 2017

    This Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) provides information on how the Department of Education and Training (the department) implements the regulatory charging...

  5. Data Provision and Statutory Declarations For 2018 Monthly Census Dates

    Created: 6 March 2017  |  Last modified: 18 June 2018

    Data Provision and Statutory Declarations For 2018 Monthly Census Dates

  6. Discussion Paper- VSL Course List and Loan Cap Methodology Review

    Created: 12 April 2017

    Discussion Paper - VSL Course List and Loan Cap Methodology Review

  7. eCAF fact sheet

    Created: 3 July 2017

    This fact sheet describes how students can request a VET Student Loan using the eCAF.

  8. Fact sheet- 2017 Tuition Assurance

    Created: 5 October 2016  |  Last modified: 10 November 2017

    This fact sheet is for VET FEE-HELP  and VET Student Loans students where their approved provider closed down or stopped delivering an approved course in 2017 (or earlier)  

  9. FAQs – 2018 VET Student Loans Provider Applications

    Created: 23 August 2018

    The Department of Education and Training may update these Frequently Asked Questions from time to time, based on the questions received by providers. Please check them before...

  10. FAQs – Second Round of 2017 VET Student Loans Provider Applications

    Created: 14 September 2017

    FAQs – Second Round of 2017 VET Student Loans Provider Applications

  11. New remedy for debts incurred through inappropriate conduct under VET FEE-HELP

    Created: 20 September 2018  |  Last modified: 21 September 2018

    The Australian Government has introduced new legislation to strengthen existing protections for students against the inappropriate actions of some unscrupulous VET providers...

  12. Process for Approved Providers applying for additional courses

    Created: 15 May 2017

    Process for Approved Providers applying for additional courses

  13. Process for Approved Providers applying to increase their provider fee limits

    Created: 18 August 2017

    This fact sheet details the process for Approved Providers applying to increase their provider fee limits

  14. Provider request to vary VSL Fee Limit form

    Created: 14 September 2017

    Provider request to vary VSL Fee Limit form

  15. Providers no longer approved to offer VET Student Loans

    Created: 14 December 2017  |  Last modified: 10 August 2018

    A list of providers that are no longer approved to offer VET Student Loans.

  16. Requests from Listed and Not-for-Profit Providers for additional approved courses (Schedule 3)

    Created: 16 August 2018

    This guide provides information for eligible providers who wish to apply to add courses to Schedule 3 of the VET Student Loans (Courses and Caps) Determination 2016.

  17. Review of the VET Student Loans Eligible Course List and Loan Caps

    Created: 27 February 2017

    Review of the VET Student Loans Eligible Course List and Loan Caps

  18. Statutory Declaration- VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans

    Created: 2 February 2017  |  Last modified: 17 August 2018

    A statutory declaration template for VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans Providers.

  19. TAFE: an Australian asset Report of the inquiry into TAFE and its operation

    Created: 13 February 2018

    Australian Government response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment report...

  20. VET Provider Request for Additonal Courses form

    Created: 18 May 2017

    VET Provider Request for Additonal Courses form

  21. VET Student Loans Approved Course Provider Application Guide (August 2017)

    Created: 30 August 2017

    This document provides guidance for applicants seeking to apply to become a VET Student Loans approved course provider.

  22. VET Student Loans Approved Course Providers

    Created: 2 May 2017  |  Last modified: 19 September 2018

    A list of Providers Approved to offer VET Student Loans from 1 January 2017.

  23. VET Student Loans Course Caps Indexed Amounts

    Created: 15 December 2017  |  Last modified: 19 September 2018

    This document is a guide for providers to how indexation will be applied to VET Student Loans course and loan caps.

  24. VET Student Loans information booklet

    Created: 23 December 2016  |  Last modified: 31 August 2018

    From 1 January 2017 VET Student Loans was introduced. All students must read this booklet when applying for a VET Student Loan.

  25. VET Student Loans Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment tool information

    Created: 11 March 2016  |  Last modified: 10 April 2017

    As part of the student entry procedure,  all students must either...

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