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FEE-HELP is a Commonwealth Government loan made available to eligible students to help pay part of or all of their full fees up to the FEE-HELP limit over their lifetime. This amount is indexed each year.

Who is eligible for FEE-HELP?

You are eligible to obtain a FEE-HELP loan if you are:

  • an Australian citizen enrolled in an award program and will be resident in Australia for at least part of your studies 
  • a holder of a Permanent Humanitarian visa enrolled in an award program
  • a permanent resident, who is are not a holder of a humanitarian visa, but is undertaking a bridging course for overseas trained professionals and is a resident in Australia.

From 1st January 2016 New Zealand citizens who hold a Special Category Visa and are resident in Australia may be eligible for FEE-Help if they meet certain eligibility criteria. Information on eligibility is available on the Study Assist website.

If you are eligible and you are enrolled in an undergraduate program, a fee of 25% will apply to your FEE-HELP loan.

Applying for a loan

If you wish to apply for a FEE-HELP loan, you are required to complete a Commonwealth Assistance Form (CAF), including your tax file number, prior to the census date of the semester you wish to start studying.

Further information

Further information about FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.