NEW VET Student Loans

The Australian Government has announced that VET Student Loans will replace VET FEE-HELP from 1 January 2017, subject to the passage of legislation. VET Student Loans is a new student loans program that replaces the current VET FEEā€‘HELP scheme, which will cease on 31 December 2016.

Students can only access VET Student Loans for courses on the Government’s approved course list. There are specific criteria students must meet to be eligible for a loan through VET Student Loans. Please refer to the VET Student Loans website for more information,

If you are a current continuing student accessing VET FEE-HELP, you have the option to continue accessing VET FEE-HELP until 31 December 2017. Students currently financing their studies through a VET FEE-HELP loan will not be automatically transferred to the new VET Student Loans program. Later this year, you will need to let the Australian Government Department of Education and Training know that you wish to continue to access VET FEE-HELP by completing an online form which will be available on the department’s website.


This guide has been designed to assist students who are considering applying for VET FEE-HELP assistance. VET FEE-HELP is a Commonwealth Government loan scheme for the vocational education and training sector that enables eligible domestic students to defer all or part of their tuition fees. The loan is repaid via the Australian taxation system once a certain income threshold is reached.

Federation University Australia is an approved VET FEE-HELP assistance provider. VET FEE-HELP assistance is available to students enrolling in both government-subsidised and full-fee diploma and advanced diploma courses. The list of courses approved for VET FEE-HELP purposes appears at the end of this page.

The Federal Government has made some changes for 2016 a major part of this is ensuring that students as consumers are fully aware of the loan scheme and their requirements under VET FEE-HELP

For a trial period, VET FEE-HELP loans have been extended to subsidised VET students enrolled in selected certificate IV qualifications. These eligible courses appear at the end of this page.

To apply for VET FEE-HELP a student must:

1. Meet the citizenship requirements

  • Be an Australian citizen, or
  • Be a Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder
  • New Zealand citizen (who meets special conditions)

2. Enrol into an eligible unit of study

3. Complete and lodge a 'Request for VET FEE-HELP assistance' form prior to the relevant census date

4. Provide their Tax File Number

A summary of important information regarding 2016 enrolment into a VET FEE-HELP eligible course at Federation University can be found in our 2016 VET FEE-HELP Information Sheet (pdf 105kb).

For further information regarding VET FEE-HELP, including eligibility and application requirements, please visit the Australian Government's Study Assist site (external site).

Census dates

The census date of a unit of study is the last day a student can submit their Request for VET FEE-HELP 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 2016

  • 20 January 2016
  • 1 February 2016
  • 31 March 2016
  • 17 April 2016
  • 31 May 2016
  • 1 July 2016
  • 31 August 2016
  • 31 October 2016
  • 1 December 2016

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 FEE-HELP 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 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

Certificate IV-level courses

TAE40110 - Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

CPC40110 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Diploma-level courses

22091VIC - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing (pdf, 107kb)

AHC50110 - Diploma of Agriculture (pdf,105kb)

AHC51110 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management (pdf, 107kb)

AUR50112 - Diploma of Automotive Management (pdf, 111kb)

BSB50215 - Diploma of Business

BSB50415 - Diploma of Business Administration

BSB51915 - Diploma of Leadership and Management (pdf, 111kb)

BSB51415 - Diploma of Project Management

CHC50113 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50412 - Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health)

CHC52015 - Diploma of Community Services

CHC53215 - Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

CPC50108 - Diploma of Building Surveying

CUA50413 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (pdf, 108kb)

CUV50311 - Diploma of Graphic Design

HLT51612 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing) (pdf, 116kb)

ICT50115 - Diploma of Information Technology

ICT50915 - Diploma of Digital Media Technologies

MEM50212 - Diploma of Engineering - Technical (pdf, 112kb)

SHB50115 - Diploma of Beauty Therapy (pdf, 110kb)

Advanced diploma-level courses

22268VIC - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) (pdf, 107kb)

BSB60915 - Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources)

BSB61015 - Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management

CUA60213 - Advanced Diploma of Live Production and Management Services (pdf, 106kb)