VET Student Loans and VET FEE-HELP 2017

NEW VET Student Loans

From 1 January 2017, VET Student Loans will be implemented.

This is a new student loans program that replaces the current VET FEE-HELP scheme, to give eligible students access to quality higher level VET qualifications, particularly those students who could not otherwise afford to pay upfront.

Student eligibility

There are specific criteria students must meet to be eligible for a loan through VET Student Loans.

Students must have been assessed as academically suited to undertake the eligible course and their FEE-HELP balance must be greater than zero. Furthermore, a student must be:

  • an Australian citizen; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia; or
  • be a qualifying New Zealand citizen.

Loan caps

  • Eligible students will be entitled for loans up to a capped amount.
  • Providers may charge above the cap for a course, and if so, students will be expected to pay the difference. Payments will be required according to the provider’s billing period.

Eligible courses

  • Certain Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas are eligible for VET Student Loans that are linked to industry needs and employment outcomes.
  • If you wish to access a loan to study a higher level VET course you will need to select one of these eligible courses.
  • A list of eligible courses can be found at
  • Eligible courses, and the providers approved to deliver them, will also be available on - Australia’s directory of training.

View a list of VET Student Loans approved courses offered by Federation University Australia in 2017, including caps and course fees (PDF, 72.53 KB)

VET FEE-HELP opt-in 2017

From 1 January 2017, the VET Student Loans program will begin, replacing the current VET FEE‑HELP scheme. This is a new vocational education and training student loans program, provided to give eligible students access to quality higher level VET qualifications, particularly to those students who could not otherwise afford to pay upfront.

To minimise disruption to existing students, a phased approach is being taken to transition from VET FEE-HELP to the new VET Student Loans program. Students wishing to continue their studies under the existing VET FEE-HELP arrangements will need to opt-in.

All current VET FEE-HELP students will be contacted by the Department of Education and Training (the department) where records indicate the student has not completed their course. Contact will be made via postal or electronic mail, with students who have an email address being contacted first.

For students that do not have an email on our records, the department will be sending you a letter in the postal mail. Due to the volume of students being contacted by the department, letters will be sent progressively commencing from December 2016.

Existing students who:

  • enrolled in VET courses prior to 1 January 2017,
  • have already received VET FEE-HELP assistance for units of those courses, and
  • remain enrolled in those courses with their original provider

will be given the opportunity to continue their studies under the existing VET FEE-HELP arrangements for units with census dates* to 31 December 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.

Students will need to opt-in, letting the department know they wish to continue under the current arrangements.

Students must opt-in before returning to study - that is before attending any classes or logging in to continue a course - and no later than 31 March 2017.

Students will be sent an email or letter from the department for each course, if they have accessed a VET FEE-HELP loan for studies since the commencement of the program in 2009 and records indicate the student has not completed their course. The letter will contain the information required for the student to opt-in for each course:

  1. Go to the VET FEE-HELP opt-in portal
  2. Sign in using the passkey number provided from your email/letter and your Date of Birth
  3. Check the prefilled details and complete the form
  4. Press the submit button
  5. A confirmation email will be sent to you which will confirm the opt-in process has been accepted
  6. Take this confirmation email to your provider so that you can continue to receive VET FEE‑HELP

If you are a VET FEE-HELP student enrolled with your original provider in a VET course which commenced before 1 January 2017 and you have a census date for units of study in that course falling to 31 December 2017, you should receive an email/letter containing your passkey. If you do not, please fill in the enquiry form on and select “Requesting passkey” in the “What is your question regarding?” field.

Census dates

The census date of a unit of study is the last day a student can submit their Request for a VET Student Loan assistance form to defer their tuition fees through VET FEE-HELP. If you have not submitted a completed Request for VET FEE-HELP assistance form on or before the census date, you WILL NOT be entitled to VET FEE-HELP assistance for that unit.

Census dates cannot be set any earlier than 20% of the way through the period in which a unit is undertaken (this period includes any examination/assessment periods). Census dates can not be extended.

The table below helps give you an indication of what the unit census date may be but you should refer to your confirmation of enrolment which can be accessed through the online student centre to confirm the actual census dates for your enrolled units. It is the students responsibility to ensure they know what the census date are for their units of study and to be aware of the withdrawal and refund rules surrounding VET FEE-HELP eligible programs.

TAFE Census dates 2017

  • 20 January 2017
  • 1 February 2017
  • 31 March 2017
  • 17 April 2017
  • 31 May 2017
  • 1 July 2017
  • 31 August 2017
  • 31 October 2017
  • 1 December 2017

Notes to students

  1. The total course fee listed is an indicative fee only; the actual course fee will depend upon the combination of units of study selected to meet the course requirements.
  2. There are no concession fees for Skills Deepening courses (diploma and advanced diploma).
  3. Students undertaking a course on a full-fee basis will incur a 20% loan fee.
  4. Students may also be required to pay a materials fee. These additional costs cannot be deferred via the VET Student Loan scheme and they are not included in the tuition fees shown here.
  5. Fees are reviewed each year and may alter.
  6. The information in this guide is correct at the time of publishing.

Exemptions to the published tuition fee rates apply to Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islanders. Indigenous students eligible for a Government Subsidised place will pay 20% of the published hourly tuition fee.

Further details can be found on the VET Enrolment Fees area of the website.

Detailed course information

All units are listed for each course offered however you should refer to our Program Finder and speak to the relevant course contact person for clarification on the core, elective, prerequisite and co-requisite requirements for each course. All units listed may not be required for course completion and not all units listed may be available on each campus.

Index of 2016 VET FEE-HELP approved courses and units of study

See indicative tuition fee details for VET FEE-HELP approved courses and units of study for 2016

Diploma-level courses

Advanced diploma-level courses