VET Student Loans
VET Student Loans from 1 January 2017
The new VET Student Loans program replaces the existing VET FEE-HELP scheme from 1 January 2017.
Course eligibility for VET Student Loans is limited to courses that have a high national priority, meet industry needs, contribute to addressing skills shortages and lead to employment outcomes. Further information and the eligible VET Student Loans course list are available from the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training website.
Students who accessed the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme in 2016 must Opt-In to the VET FEE-HELP Scheme in line with the process outlined in the Government’s fact sheet to continue to access a VET FEE-HELP loan in 2017.
What is VET Student Loans?
Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Loans is an income contingent loan scheme for the VET sector that is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). A VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.
VET Student Loans gives eligible students access to quality higher level VET qualifications particularly those who could not otherwise afford to pay upfront.
UOW College has been provisionally approved by the Government as a provisional provider of VET Student Loans during the provisional period 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2017 for the following courses:
- Diploma of Nursing
- Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
- Diploma of Leadership and Management
- Diploma of Marketing and Communication
- Diploma of Legal Services
There are specific criteria students must meet to be eligible for a loan through VET Student Loans. VET Student Loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements.
Students must have been assessed as academically suited to undertake the eligible course and their FEE-HELP balance must be greater than zero. Furthermore, a student must be:
- an Australian citizen; or
- hold a permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia; or
- be a qualifying New Zealand citizen
What is the VET Student Loans borrowing limit?
You are only able to borrow up to the limits outlined in the VET Student Loans (Courses and Loan Caps) Determination where UOW College’s Provider Course Cap allows. Specific loan amounts will be outlined in successful applicants’ letters of offer. Over your lifetime, you will only be able to borrow up to a maximum amount. The latest VET Student Loans limit is available from Study Assist.
Prospective students in eligible courses who would like to access the VET Student Loans program will need to apply in accordance with the UOW College VET Student Loans Allocation Equity Criteria Guidelines.
How will VET Student Loans assist me in paying the tuition fees?
If you are eligible for VET Student Loans assistance, and are granted access you may:
Request a VET Student Loan for the maximum available tuition fee available under the Course Loan Cap and the Provider Course Cap and pay any remaining tuition fee upfront to the College; or, pay some of the tuition fee upfront to the College and request a VET Student Loan for the remainder of the tuition fee.
Your VET Student Loan debt is repaid via the Australian Tax Office once your income reaches the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment. The latest threshold level is available from Study Assist
How do I apply for a VET Student Loan?
To apply for a VET Student Loan you must first have accepted your Letter of Offer and elected to access the VET Student Loan program for payment of your tuition fees.
You will then receive an email from the Federal Government which will provide you with a log in for the Government’s Request for a VET Student Loan eCAF portal. You must login to the eCAF portal and complete your registration prior to your first census date.
Further information regarding VET Student Loans is available from the Australian Government Study Assist website, or directly to the UOW College Vocational Education and Training Unit via:
Phone: 1300 885 395
Fax: 02 4252 8131