SAE is listed as an approved provider under the Commonwealth of Australia Higher Education Support Act 2003. This means our courses including masters, bachelor and associate degrees attract FEE-HELP for Australian students.

Fees are processed on the census date of each trimester, based on the module/ unit price as listed in our current Fee Schedules.

Who is eligible for FEE-HELP?

A student is eligible for FEE-HELP if they:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • are an Australian citizen who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
  • are a permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
  • are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of the study;
  • are enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for that unit; and have not exceeded the FEE‑HELP limit.

How to apply for FEE-HELP?

To apply for a FEE-HELP loan, a student will need a tax file number (TFN) and complete a FEE-HELP assistance form supplied by Student Services. Before a student signs and submits the form, it is recommended they read the FEE-HELP information booklet. The form will ask for the TFN. If you don't have a TFN, a student can give SAE a Certificate of application for a TFN. This certificate is available from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) after an application for a TFN has been received. Contact the ATO on 13 28 61 for TFN information.

Students must submit the signed and completed form to Student Services before the census date or administrative date. If a student does not submit the form on or before the census date, the student will not be eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

Note: Students have six weeks from the census date of a unit to correct any errors on their form that would prevent them from being eligible for FEE-HELP.

For important information on the census and administrative dates, as well as further information on deadlines and withdrawals.

Will previous study or other debts affect eligibility?

No (unless a student has already reached the FEE-HELP limit). Any previous study a student has undertaken, and any other financial debts a student may have incurred will not affect their eligibility to access a FEE-HELP loan. As long as a student meets the eligibility criteria and has enough of their FEE-HELP balance left to cover tuition fees, a student will be able to access FEE-HELP.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are processed on the census date of each trimester, based on the module/ unit price as listed in our current Fee Schedules.

Lifetime Loan Limit

The lifetime loan limit is the total amount you can incur in your lifetime under any Commonwealth student loan scheme – whether it is Higher Education FEE-HELP, VET Student Loans or a VET Student Loan. It is indexed each year, in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). In 2017, the lifetime loan limit is $100,879 for most students. Students can view their loan obligations by logging into myUniAssist on the Study Assist website(opens new window). You will need your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) to log in.

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