HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP are Australian Government loan schemes that assists eligible higher education students, enrolled in fee paying places, to pay their tuition fees. Fee paying places are not subsidised by the Government.

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/FEE-HELP form for your current studies but you must also fill out a HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP form for your Summer/Winter School study

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

HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP forms must be lodged within 4 calendar days of enrolment.

Please Note: You must also change your payment liability type to HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP.


Once you have submitted HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP online you must then change your payment option to HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP.

Login into Sydney Student, click on My Finances > Your Finances> Government Forms > Summer/Winter School > CHANGE, and follow the prompts to nominate HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP as your deferred payment option. Once completed Payment will be deferred to HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP.

Please Note: If this step is not completed you have not deferred payment to HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP and are liable for upfront payment of fees, within the payment deadline.

Cross-Instutional Students

If you are an Australian citizen studying at another university external to the University of Sydney, then you may apply for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP providing you upload written evidence that your home University will credit Sydney Summer School study to your degree elsewhere. You can do this as part of the enrolment process as a commencing student in Sydney Student.

Please note: It is the your responsibility to seek confirmation from your home university that their Sydney Summer School unit(s) will be credited to your degree and foe the amount of academic credit.

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 to avoid incurring a HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP debt.

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)