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FEE-HELP explained

What is FEE-HELP?

FEE‑HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee paying students to pay all or part of their tuition fees. FEE-HELP cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books. The total amount of FEE‑HELP that you can use over your lifetime is currently known as the ‘FEE‑HELP limit’. Once you begin using FEE‑HELP, the amount that you have left to use is currently known as your ‘FEE-HELP balance’.

Postgraduate fee-paying places
Eligible domestic students can borrow all or part of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies.

FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the Australian taxation system. If you are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance and would like to obtain a FEE-HELP loan you must complete and submit an online request for FEE-HELP on studentConnect and provide your Tax File Number (TFN) by the census date.

FEE-HELP limits in 2019
From 1st January 2019, the 2019 FEE-HELP limit is $104,440.
Exceptions apply to students undertaking medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, for which the FEE-HELP limit is $150,000 for 2019.

Important note: From 1 January 2020, a combined HELP loan limit will replace the FEE-HELP limit and will include FEE-HELP, VET Student Loans, VET FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP. Only new HECS-HELP borrowing will count towards a person's HELP limit; however, any existing FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP or VET Student Loans that you have already borrowed before 2020 will be carried over.

Further information on FEE-HELP is available on the Study Assist website.

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