VET Student Loans and VET FEE-HELP

VET Student Loans

On 1 January 2017, the new VET Student Loans program was 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 VET Student Loans website.
  • Eligible courses, and the providers approved to deliver them, will also be available on Myskills website - Australia’s directory of training.

View a list of VET Student Loans approved courses offered by Federation University Australia, including caps and course fees

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 courses at Diploma level and above.
  3. Students undertaking a course on a full-fee basis will incur a 20% loan fee for each unit of study that is deferred to a VET Student Loan.
  4. Students may also be required to pay a materials fee. These additional costs cannot be deferred via the VET Student Loan program 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.

Census dates

The census date for a unit of study is the last day a student can submit their request for a VET Student Loan eCAF to defer their tuition fees through the VET Student Loans program. If you have not submitted a completed eCAF on or prior to the census date, you WILL NOT be entitled to a VET Student Loan for the current unit(s).

A census date is the date by which enrolment may be cancelled without incurring tuition fees for the course or part of the course.

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.

Tuition fees will be reasonably apportioned across fee periods throughout your course, according to the census dates.

Census dates are predetermined and you will not incur a VET Student Loan liability until after census date.

Below is a list of the TAFE census dates. Students should refer to their  VET Student Loans / VET FEE-HELP Fee Notices  to confirm the actual census dates and tuition fees due for enrolled units. Fee Notices are emailed to the student's personal email address prior to each census date and can be accessed through the online student centre. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they know what the census dates are for their units of study and to be aware of the withdrawal and refund rules surrounding VET Student Loans / VET FEE-HELP eligible programs.

TAFE Census dates 2019

  • 9 January
  • 6 March
  • 3 April
  • 1 May
  • 3 July
  • 7 August
  • 4 September
  • 6 November

TAFE Census dates 2018

  • 3 January
  • 20 January*
  • 1 February*
  • 7 March
  • 31 March*
  • 4 April
  • 17 April*
  • 2 May
  • 31 May*
  • 1 July*
  • 4 July
  • 1 August
  • 31 August*
  • 5 September
  • 31 October*
  • 7 November
  • 1 December* 

* census date only applies to 2017 continuing enrolments.

If a census date falls on a non-business day, the next business day will be applicable.

VET FEE-HELP access in 2018

VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the VET FEE- HELP scheme. Provisions were made for continuing VET FEE-HELP students, who accessed VET FEE-HELP before 30 December 2017, to continue their studies under their existing VET FEE-HELP arrangements.

Some grandfathered students, who have accessed VET FEE-HELP and completed unit/s in 2017, but have not yet completed their course, may be eligible to extend their VET FEE-HELP assistance into 2018 under exceptional circumstances. Detailed information in regards to the "grandfathering" arrangements can be found in the Information for VET FEE-HELP Grandfathering students Fact sheet.

2017 VET FEE-HELP approved courses and units of study

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.