Paying your student contribution up front after the census date
Can I pay my student contribution amount up-front after my unit census date?
Commonwealth Government Legislation stipulates that if you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place you cannot pay your student contribution amount up-front after your unit census date(s).
If you are required to pay your student contribution amount up-front, that is, you do not have the option of deferring payment, you must pay this amount in full by your unit census date. If payment is not made in full your unit enrolment will be cancelled.
If you are eligible to defer your payments and have provided your tax file number to the University, a HECS-HELP loan will be reported to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). After your unit census date(s) you can contact the ATO and ask to make a 'voluntary re-payment' of your HECS-HELP debt.
Note: The University reports your debt to the Department of Education who then passes this information onto the ATO. Therefore it may take up to six months before the ATO has a record of your HECS-HELP debt.