The Australian Government does not subsidise fee paying places. Instead, it provides access to the FEE-HELP loan scheme to help eligible fee paying students with paying their tuition fees, up to the FEE-HELP limit.
You are eligible for FEE‑HELP if you:
- are studying in a course of study (program) leading to a higher education award;
- meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
- you are an Australian citizen who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course (Program); OR
- you are a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
- you are a permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit (Course); OR
- you are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of the study;
- are enrolled in an eligible unit of study (course) by the census date for that unit; and
- have not exceeded the FEE‑HELP limit (see below).
FEE-HELP is not available to:
- students who are not Australian citizens, New Zealand Special Category Visa holders or Permanent Residents with a Humanitarian Visa
- students undertaking a Research degree (Doctorate or Masters by Research).
- students undertaking a course of study that does not lead to a higher education award, with the exception of bridging study for overseas-trained professionals and cross-institutional enrolment.
Check the eligibility criteria before completing an application - available on the Study Assist eligibility page and in the FEE-HELP Information booklet (PDF, 461 KB). The booklet is also available at Student Central and the Study Assist website. For advice about your eligibility for a FEE-HELP loan, call the FEE-HELP enquiry line on 1800 020 108.