Study now and pay later

Chisholm has been approved as a Higher Education provider under the FEE-HELP Assistance scheme and has been able to offer FEE-HELP assistance since July 2011.

What is FEE-HELP?

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government income contingent loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay for all or part of their tuition fees when studying one or more of the following accredited courses at Chisholm:

  • Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology

The 2017 FEE-HELP Tuition Fee Schedule (Higher Education) sets out the fees for courses and units of study in which an eligible student may request FEE-HELP assistance to pay for all or some of their 2017 tuition fees when enrolling in Bachelor Degrees. Please note there is no charge for Skills Recognition assessment (recognition of prior learning) or processing Credit Transfers (credit for equivalent formal study).

A different loan scheme, VET Student Loans is available for VET courses.

Students do not have to repay the loan, which is facilitated by the Australian Government - until their income is above the minimum repayment threshold for compulsory repayment.  Voluntary repayments may be made at any time. 

Find out more by referring to the Study Assist website.

To be eligible for a FEE-HELP you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen or 
    A Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder who will be residing in Australia for the duration of the unit
  • Be studying a FEE-HELP eligible course
  • Meet Tax File Number requirements
  • Present Unique Student Identifier (USI) number
  • Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit 
  • Provide proof of citizenship

If you are a New Zealand Citizen who holds a Special Category Visa (SCV) you must also meet the below criteria:

  • First entered Australia at least 10 years ago as a dependent child aged under 18 years
  • Have been ordinarily a resident in Australia for the previous 10 years (that is, have been physically present in Australia for at least eight to of the past 10 years) and 18 months out of the last two years at the time of application for the loan, and
  • Are otherwise eligible for the loan.

New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) FEE-HELP applicants will need to provide an International Movement Record from the Department of Immigration to prove that they meet citizenship requirements as well as the above criteria. 

Please note: Permanent residents are not eligible to access FEE-HELP.

Proof of Australian Citizenship:

Acceptable forms of evidence include:

  • Current Australian Passport;
  • Australian Citizenship Certificate or Naturalisation Certificate;
  • Australian Citizenship by Descent extract;
  • Australian Birth Certificate where you were born before 20 Aug 1986; OR
  • If you were born on or after 20 Aug 1986 we would require your Australian Birth Certificate plus proof of your parent’s Australian Citizenship at the time of your birth (Examples include your Parent’s Australian Birth Certificate or Australian Citizenship Certificate).

If you are unsure as to what Citizenship evidence you may need to provide, please contact us on 1300 244 746

The Study Assist website contains important FEE-HELP information and students intending to access the scheme should visit studyassist.gov.au and download the FEE-HELP brochure.

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