In special circumstances, government legislation may provide for students who withdraw from their courses after the relevant census date to have their:

  • HECS-HELP debt for those courses remitted
  • FEE-HELP debt for those courses remitted
  • VET Student Loan debt for a course, or part of a course, remitted
  • Tuition fees refunded


To receive a remission of debt, the special circumstances must be:

  • unusual, uncommon or abnormal,
  • beyond your control, and
  • make it impractical for you to successfully complete the course.

The circumstances must make their full impact after the census date of the course concerned. If a situation occurs before the census date, which prevents you from continuing study, you are expected to discontinue the course before the census date. Thus remission of debt is only applicable if you were not able to discontinue your study prior to the relevant census date and you were prevented from successfully completing the course. A student cannot apply for remission if they have successfully completed the courses of study.

Special circumstances

These may include:

  • medical reasons (e.g. illness occurring or worsening after census date)
  • family reasons (e.g. death, illness, unexpected/severe change in financial situation)
  • employment related reasons (e.g. compulsory transfer or change of hours)
  • course related reasons (e.g. restructure of course)

Apply for remission

To be eligible for a remission, the student must apply in writing within 12 months of the withdrawal date, or, if the student has not withdrawn, within 12 months of the end of the period of study in which the course was or was to be undertaken. To apply please complete the Remission of Debt form (pdf, 428kb).

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