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HECS-HELP

When you attend university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a HECS-HELP loan to pay for your studies. You can only get a HECS-HELP loan if you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).

A HECS-HELP loan does not cover costs like accommodation, laptops or text books. A HECS-HELP loan is used to pay your 'Student contribution amount'.

You can view a fact sheet on CSPs and HECS-HELP here.

Eligibility

Your provider will assess your eligibility for a HECS-HELP loan against the criteria below. If you have any questions, please contact your provider.

To get a HECS-HELP loan, you must:

  • be studying in a Commonwealth supported place
  • be one of the following:
    • an Australian citizen who must study at least some of your course in Australian; or
    • a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder who meets the long term residency requirements and who studies the entire course while living in Australia; or
    • a permanent humanitarian visa holder, or an eligible former permanent humanitarian visa holder; who studies the entire course while living in Australia
  • submit the Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form to your provider by the census date
  • be enrolled in each unit/subject at your provider by the census date
  • have available HELP balance
  • have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) prior to the first census date (for new enrolments from 1 January 2021)
  • have sufficient Student Learning Entitlement available (for new enrolments from 1 January 2022)
  • meet the completion rate requirements (for new enrolments from 1 January 2022)
  • not undertake more than 2 years' worth of higher education study in 12 months (unless your provider has approved you or more).

Applying for a HECS-HELP loan

To apply for a HECS-HELP loan, you will need:

  • your tax file number (TFN) or a Certificate of application for a TFN.
  • a USI prior to the first census date
  • a Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form, which only your university or higher education provider can give you.

You only need to apply for HECS-HELP once for the duration of your course. 

Your form must be filled in and submitted to your provider by the census date.