VET Student Loans is a loan program that helps eligible students enrolled in certain higher level vocational education and training courses, at approved course providers, pay their tuition fees (up to capped amounts). VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the VET FEE-HELP scheme. For more information, visit Department of Education and Training or StudyAssist.
The VET Student Loans calculator can help you understand what your debt will be when you start your course, and show you how it may increase if you do not earn enough to begin paying back the loan.
It is important to remember that the initial debt amount (including the loan fee, if applicable) plus indexation must be paid back once you start earning over a certain amount. The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2016-2017 income year is $54,869.
There may be additional fees attached to your course; be sure to check with the training provider to get clear details about your financial obligations before enrolling.
*To use the calculator, take note of your course's Tuition Fee and VET Student Loans Cap details.
A subsidy is money paid by a state or territory government to a Registered Training Organisations (RTO) to partially reduce, or in some cases fully cover, your tuition fee.
My Skills displays information on which courses are subsidised by which states and territories at specific RTOs. However, eligibility rules vary, so you will need to contact the RTO directly to confirm your eligibility.
Various financial assistance programs are available for individuals looking for employment or undertaking approved education and training initiatives:
Financial help for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians who are studying or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship. ABSTUDY may help you financially to stay at school or go on to further studies.
Financial help while you are looking for work. It also supports you while you do activities that may increase your chances of finding a job, such as studying or training.
Financial help for young people who are studying full time, undertaking a full-time Australian Apprenticeship, training, looking for work, or sick.