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FEE-HELP
 

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that covers the cost of your tuition fees on your behalf. FEE-HELP is available to students who are not studying in a Commonwealth supported place (and are therefore not eligible for HECS-HELP).

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You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for FEE‑HELP:

  • You are studying at an approved FEE‑HELP provider (TAFE Queensland is an approved provider).
  • You meet the following citizenship and residency requirements:
    • you are an Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and will complete at least one unit of study contributing to your course in Australia, or
    • you are a permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a 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 a resident in Australia for the duration of your studies.
  • You are enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for that unit.
  • You have not exceeded the FEE‑HELP limit.

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Eligible students can borrow up to the FEE‑HELP limit, which for 2017 is $100,879 for most students. For students undertaking medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science courses the FEE‑HELP limit is $126,101.

The FEE‑HELP limit is the total amount available to eligible students under the FEE‑HELP, VET Student Loans, and VET FEE‑HELP loan schemes. It is a lifetime limit and is not reset or ‘topped up’ by any repayments that you make.

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There is no interest charged on FEE-HELP debts, however it is subject to indexation, which means the loan maintains its real value by adjusting in line with changes in the cost of living. There is also a loan fee of 25 per cent for FEE‑HELP loans for undergraduate courses. The loan fee does not count towards your FEE‑HELP limit.

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Once your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold you will pay back the loan through the Australian taxation system. The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2016-2017 income year is $54,869.

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Our customer service team is ready to support you through the application process. You can contact us if you have any questions, or need any help with your FEE-HELP application.

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Scholarships

Achieve your career goals with the help of a $5,000 TAFE Queensland Scholarship. There are two types available: merit or access and equity. Visit the scholarships website for more information. 

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