About FEE-HELP

Are the upfront costs of studying stopping you from improving your career prospects?

FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay for all or part of their tuition fees, which the Australian Government pays directly to the FEE-HELP Provider. You don’t have to make any repayments until your income reaches a certain level, which for the 2015/16 income year is $54,126. The loans are then repaid through the tax system. A 25% loan fee is added to the total loan amount if you enrol in this course through the FEE-HELP loan program. You must not have exceeded the FEE-HELP Loan Limit, which is $99,389 (2016) for most students. For students undertaking medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses (as defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003) the FEE-HELP limit is $124,238.

Are you eligible for FEE-HELP?

You are eligible for FEE‑HELP if you:

  • are studying at an approved FEE‑HELP provider (approved provider) or through Open Universities Australia (OUA);
  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
    • you are an Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
    • you are a permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
    • you are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of the study;
  • are enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for that unit; and
  • have not exceeded the FEE‑HELP limit – which is $99,389 (2016) for most students. For students undertaking medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses (as defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003) the FEE-HELP limit is $124,238.

Please ensure you have read the 2016 FEE-HELP Information Booklet prior to requesting FEE-HELP.

For more information please visit the Study Assist Website | FEE-HELP FAQs | FEE-HELP Repayment Info.