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What is HECS-HELP?

Note: The HECS-HELP 10% discount (not the HECS-HELP loan) will be removed from 1 January 2017.
Until that date, the current arrangements still apply for units of study that have a census date on or before 31 December 2016.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government scheme that gives undergraduate students the option to defer paying their university fees until they start earning a taxable income.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for HECS-HELP you must:

  • be a Commonwealth (Government subsidised) Supported Student (CSS)
  • be an Australian citizen or hold a Permanent Humanitarian visa
  • enrol in a unit of study on or before the census date
  • submit a valid Request for Commonwealth Support and HECS-HELP form during enrolment on or before the census date.

Students who are required to pay their fees upfront are not eligible for HECS-HELP.  This includes:

  • permanent visa holders (other than Permanent Humanitarian visas)
  • New Zealand citizens.

New students

New students need to:

  • submit a Request for Commonwealth Assistance and HECS-HELP application form during enrolment to the University by the end of Week 4 of the 1st teaching period of their enrolment.
  • provide a Tax File Number (TFN) if you are planning to defer your pay.
See refund policy and application forms