FEE-HELP - TAFE Queensland

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FEE-HELP is an interest free Australian Government loan that assists eligible full fee-paying students to pay all or part of their tuition fees.

FEE-HELP covers the cost of tuition fees for any units of study at the Associate Degree level. An Australian Government-imposed loan fee of 25% applies for undergraduate courses of study only.

The loan fee does not apply for:

  • postgraduate study, including higher degrees by research
  • enabling courses
  • bridging study for overseas-trained professionals.

There is no application fee for FEE-HELP and no interest charged on the FEE-HELP debt.

The accumulated debt is indexed according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Indexation of your FEE-HELP debt, in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), occurs when your debt has existed for 11 months or more.

FEE-HELP provides a loan for tuition fees only. This means it does not cover textbooks, materials, equipment, travel, accommodation or general living expenses, or any additional costs identified under incidental fees.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible for FEE-HELP if you:

  • are studying at an approved FEE-HELP approved provider
  • 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; OR
    • you are a permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; 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;
  • have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit; and
  • are enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for that unit; and
  • have submitted a valid request for VET FEE-HELP Assistance Form on or before census date; and
  • have a Tax File Number (TFN) or Certificate of Application for a TFN (find out more about TFNs on the Australian Taxation Office website.

View the Fee Schedules for our higher education programs.