If you’re studying in a Commonwealth supported place and you’re thinking of completing part of your studies overseas you may be eligible for OS-HELP.
OS-HELP is part of the Australian Government’s HELP scheme and assists eligible students to fund a range of overseas expenses through a loan.
You can receive one loan per six-month study period and two OS-HELP loans over your lifetime.
You can apply for OS-HELP in the six-month period before the start of your overseas study. Your application needs to be for study that you have not yet completed.
You are eligible to apply if you are a Commonwealth supported student participating in:
You also need to meet all of the criteria below.
Eligibility criteria and legislation around OS-HELP can change, so see the Study Assist website for full details.
In 2017, successful applicants can select from the following amounts to borrow per six-month study period:
If you are taking a relevant and endorsed Asian-language course before studying in Asia, you can also apply for a supplementary OS-HELP loan of $1050.
The language course must be in preparation for your primary study in Asia and cannot be credited to your degree.