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From 1 January 2017, the Commonwealth VET Student Loans program replaced the VET FEE-HELP loan program.
This Commonwealth Government program allows you to access loans for courses that:
• have a high national priority
• meet industry needs
• contribute to addressing skills shortages
• lead to employment outcomes.
TAFE NSW has been approved to offer the Government's new VET Student Loans.
The VET Student Loan program allows eligible students to defer tuition fees for approved Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas.
You can either:
• defer all your tuition fees (up to the loan cap limit)
• pay some of your tuition fees upfront and defer the balance.
Your loan is repaid through the Australian tax system when you reach the minimum income threshold for repayment. There is a loan fee of 20% for full fee-paying students.
There is no loan fee for eligible students in some NSW Government subsidised (Smart and Skilled) training places.
The program also features loan caps for course loans. This means if your fees are above the loan cap, you will need to pay the difference. Most TAFE NSW students will not be affected by loan caps, but if you are, you will be advised of this during your enrolment.

VET FEE-HELP for Existing Students

2018 VET FEE-HELP "opt in" has now closed!
Students who completed the 2017 VET FEE-HELP "opt in" process were approved to continue their studies under the VET FEE-HELP loan program until 31 December 2017. Students who had outstanding census days in 2018, were given an opportunity by the Commonwealth to apply for an extension of their VET FEE-HELP loan to continue their studies. The VET FEE-HELP Grandfathering 2018 Extension Application Form expired on 31 January 2018.
VET FEE-HELP students who have census days in 2018 who DID NOT "opt in" will need to pay for any outstanding Units of Study (UoS) required to complete their course. If this applies to you, we will contact you with information on how to pay for your remaining tuition fees. If you require any further information, please contact us.
For more information regarding the VET FEE-HELP "opt in" process, please refer to the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training website​.