Some TAFE SA higher education courses have places subsidised by the Australian Government. These are known as Commonwealth supported places (CSPs).
If you're enrolled in a CSP, you will still need to pay some of the fees. You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan to pay these fees.
If you aren't enrolled in a CSP, you might be eligible for a FEE-HELP loan to help pay your fees.
If you are studying a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course and want information about Australian Government loans, please visit VET Student Loans.
If you are enrolled in a CSP, the Australian Government will pay a subsidy directly to TAFE SA. You don’t need to pay this subsidy back.
You will need to pay the rest of the course fee, known as the ‘student contribution’. If you are eligible, you may be able to use a HECS-HELP loan to help pay your student contribution.
In 2021 TAFE SA has CSPs available in the following courses:
To be eligible for a CSP, you must be one of the following:
You may be able to access a HECS-HELP loan to help pay the student contribution if you are enrolled in a CSP.
Further information about HECS-HELP loans is available on the Study Assist website.
To be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, you must:
For TAFE SA higher education courses with no Australian Government subsidy, you may be able to access a FEE-HELP loan to help pay all or part of your tuition fees.
Further information regarding FEE-HELP is available on the Study Assist website.
To get a FEE-HELP loan, you must:
You can borrow up to the ‘combined HELP loan limit’ to pay your tuition fees. This includes all FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans and any HECS-HELP loans incurred from 1 January 2020.
Once you begin using your HELP loan limit, the amount of HELP you have left to borrow is known as your available HELP balance.
Your HELP balance is renewable, meaning that repayments you make can be re-borrowed in the future.
For up-to-date information about the combined HELP loan limit and HELP balance, see the Study Assist website.
A HELP loan helps you to pay the tuition fees for subjects you enrol in that lead towards a higher education award. It only covers subjects you are enrolled in by the census date.
The loan does not cover textbooks, materials, equipment, travel, accommodation or general living expenses, or any additional costs identified as incidental fees.
If you plan on enrolling in a higher education course at TAFE SA, you will receive pre-enrolment counselling. This counselling will include information about HELP loans. You may let TAFE SA know during your counselling that you are interested in a HELP loan to pay your tuition fees.
After counselling you will need to register (enrol) in your course subjects.
TAFE SA will then contact you to give you details about the documents you need to provide to meet the HELP eligibility requirements.
After you have given TAFE SA the required documents, TAFE SA will forward your details to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE).
You will then receive an invitation email from DESE with instructions about finishing your HELP loan application using the electronic Commonwealth assistance form (eCAF). When you are completing the eCAF you will need to provide a valid Tax File Number (TFN) that matches the details held with the Australian Taxation Office.
It is important that you receive confirmation from DESE before your earliest census date that your HELP loan has been successful.
If the census date for a unit of study passes before your application is successful, you won’t be able to get a HELP loan for that unit of study.
Your must have lodged a successful application for a HELP loan by the earliest census date for your units of study.
The census date is the also last date on which you can withdraw from a unit of study without incurring a debt for that unit of study.
Your census date is calculated as the start date for that unit of study, plus 20% of the duration of the unit of study.
You can use the Census Date Calculator to find the census dates for your units of study.
If your application for a HELP loan is successful, you will receive a CAN within 28 days of your census date.
Your CAN contains information about the units of study covered by your HELP loan. An up-to-date CAN for each semester can be found in your MyTAFESA account.
If you believe that the information in your CAN is incorrect, you must, within 14 days of the date on which the CAN was issued, submit a CAN review request via the contact us form or by emailing email@example.com. You should include evidence showing why you think the CAN is incorrect.
You will be re-issued the CAN if the original is incorrect.
If you withdraw from a course before or on the census date, you will receive a refund of any tuition fees that you have paid up-front. If you have applied for a FEE-HELP loan, you will not incur a FEE-HELP debt for the unit(s) of study from which you are withdrawing.
If you withdraw from a course after the census date, you may still be eligible for a refund of up-front fees and/or re-credit of your FEE-HELP balance, if you meet the ‘Special circumstances’ criteria. You will need to complete and submit a Higher Education Student Application for TAFE SA Refund and/or FEE-HELP Loan Re-credit form.
TAFE SA will advise you of the decision in writing. If, however, you are not satisfied with the decision you can apply for a review of the decision by completing the Application to Review a Refund/Re-credit Decision within 28 days of the original decision.
If, after completing all of the steps above, you are not satisfied with the outcome, you may apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for a review. Your application to the AAT must be made within 28 days from the day you receive the FEE-HELP Senior Review Officer’s notice of decision and the costs paid up front by the student.
Administrative Appeals TribunalLevel 2 1 King William St Adelaide SA 5000P: 1800 228 333
See withdrawals and refunds for more information.
If you have any queries, please contact us or call the TAFE SA Information Line on 1800 882 661.
FEE-HELP related policies and procedures cover fair treatment, personal information, academic grievance, student complaint resolution and refunds/re-credits.
If you require further information, please contact us.
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