HELP loan eligibility for NZ SCV holder

Am I eligible for a HELP loan as a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder?

From 1 January 2016, eligible New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holders who meet the requisite criteria will be able to access Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loans (HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, OS HELP and SA-HELP).

It is important to note that not all New Zealand citizens or holders of a Special Category Visa are automatically entitled to access HELP loans.

To be eligible, you will have: 

  • to be a New Zealand citizen who holds a Special Category Visa (SCV); and 
  • first entered Australia as a dependent minor aged under 18 years; and 
  • been residing in Australia for the previous 10 years (that is, you have been present in Australia for at least eight out of the past 10 years) at the time of application for the loan; and 
  • been residing in Australia for the past 18 months out of the last 2 years at the time of application for the loan

For further information, please visit the Study Assist website.

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