If you’re one of our domestic students and are conducting some of your studies overseas, you may be eligible for OS-HELP assistance.
Going abroad for part of your degree can be a life-changing experience, which is why OS-HELP loans are available to help remove the financial barrier.
You are eligible to apply if you are participating in:
You also need to satisfy the following criteria.
In 2015, successful applicants can borrow up to the following amounts for one semester:
If you are taking an endorsed Asian language course before studying in Asia, you can also apply for an Asian language loan of $1018. The language course cannot be credited to your degree.
You can receive one loan per six-month study period and can access a total of two OS-HELP loans over your lifetime.
The loan will be added to your HECS debt, and will have the same repayment conditions as that debt. You won’t be charged any additional loan fees.
Application forms are available from the Sydney Abroad office on Level 4 of the Jane Foss Russell Building.
You need to apply for your loan in the six-month period before heading overseas. Allocation of OS-HELP loans normally takes place each semester. Please submit your application by:
We may consider late applications if funding is still available.
If you are applying for a second OS-HELP loan, submit your application one month before the end of the first loan. Payment for an approved second loan will be made close to the start of the second six-month period.
If you are successful we will let you know via your University email. Please accept your offer straight away.
The money will be paid into the bank account you nominate and will take about 10 working days from the time you accept the offer. To enable us to transfer the funds, you will need to:
If your plans or circumstances change before you receive the funds, we may withdraw the offer. If you have already received money from us, the debt has already been incurred and can only be repaid through the Australian Taxation Office, in the same way that you repay your student contribution through the Higher Education Contribution Scheme.