FEE-HELP loan scheme for eligible students

FEE-HELP is available for accredited higher education award courses provided by TAFE NSW, such as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees or graduate certificates.


The Australian government provides assistance to higher education students through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). FEE-HELP is a loan scheme available to eligible fee paying students to pay all or part of their tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in an accredited higher education award course, such as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees or graduate certificates.

For eligible fee-for-service courses, FEE-HELP provides you with the option of:

  • deferring all of your tuition fees; or
  • paying some of your tuition fees upfront and deferring the balance.

There is a loan fee of 25% for all FEE HELP loans.

There is no loan fee for FEE-HELP loans for postgraduate courses, bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, enabling courses or units of study undertaken with Open Universities Australia.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for FEE-HELP, you must be:

  • an Australian citizen; or
  • the holder of a permanent humanitarian visa who will be resident in Australia for the duration of the course of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals and will be resident in Australia for the duration of the course of study.
  • not exceed your FEE-HELP loan limit
  • provide, or be allocated, a Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number(CHESSN) – a unique identifying number provided by the Australian government.

You must also be undertaking accredited higher education award study at an approved higher education provider.

You must be enrolled and submitted a valid Request for FEE-HELP assistance form for the units of study on or before the census date and meet the Tax file number requirements.

Click here to view FEE_HELP course schedule for 2015

How do I apply?

To apply for FEE-HELP, you should:

  • Read the FEE-HELP Information Booklet (2.5MB)
  • Complete a Request for FEE-HELP Assistance form on or before the census date. The FEE-HELP Assistance form will be available from your local TAFE NSW location at the time of your enrolment.

Need more information?

Further information about FEE-HELP, including Frequently Asked Questions, your rights and responsibilities and information about FEE-HELP loan limits, may be found on the Study Assist website.

You can also find more information by clicking here

Tuition Assurance

If TAFE NSW ceases to provide a course in which you are enrolled, TAFE NSW will ensure that you are offered enrolment in a similar course of study. Alternatively, TAFE NSW will:

  • refund any upfront payment for any unit of study that you have commenced but not completed because TAFE NSW ceased to offer that course
  • re-credit your FEE-HELP balance for the affected unit.

Statement of VET Tuition Assurance ( 72Kb)