HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP are Australian Government loan schemes that assists eligible higher education students, enrolled in Commonwealth supported and fee paying places, to pay their fees for units of study. If you are an eligible student and apply for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, the Government will lend to you the amount of the tuition fees for your subjects.

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP loans are not paid directly to you; the Government pays the tuition fees directly to your higher education provider on your behalf.

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books.

Please check your eligibility for HECS-HELP here, or here for FEE-HELP.


Applications for HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP are submitted online in Sydney Student. Summer/Winter School HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP applications are accessible only once you have been enrolled in a Summer or Winter School unit.

You may have already filled out a HECS-HELP form as a Commonwealth supported student or a FEE-HELP form for your current studies. If you have previously completed these forms for your current course of study, you will not need to submit these forms again. You can check this or submit new forms by:

Login to your Sydney Student portal. Click on My Finances > Your Finances> Government Forms> Summer/Winter School HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP.

If you want to pay your fees upfront or change to a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, payment forms must be lodged within 4 calendar days of enrolment

Cross-Institutional Students

If you are a domestic student studying at another university, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) for your cross institutional studies undertaken at the University of Sydney. If you are offered a CSP place you may apply for HECS-HELP loan if eligible, and if you are offered a domestic fee paying place you may apply for FEE-HELP assistance if eligible.

Please note: It is your responsibility to seek confirmation from your home university that the Sydney Summer School unit(s) will be credited to your degree.

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP census dates

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP students must withdraw from a unit of study in Summer School before the relevant census date/s to avoid incurring financial and academic penalties.

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP booklets

2017 HECS-HELP booklet

2017 HECS-HELP booklet (PDF 323kb)

2017 FEE-HELP booklet

2017 FEE-HELP booklet (PDF 298kb)