FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme 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 FEE-HELP, the Government will lend to you the amount of the tuition fees for your subjects.

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

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

You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study if you:

  • an Australian citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of at least one subject that contributes to your course; or
  • the holder of a permanent humanitarian visa who will be resident in Australia for the duration of the subjects.

There is a loan fee of 25% applied to FEE-HELP loans used to pay for undergraduate courses of study. The loan fee does not count towards the FEE-HELP limit.

For further information please refer to the Student Centre website.


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

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

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

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


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

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

Please Note: If this step is not completed you have not deferred payment to 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 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

FEE-HELP students must withdraw from a unit of study in Summer School before the relevant census date to avoid incurring a FEE-HELP debt.

FEE-HELP booklet

2016 FEE-HELP booklet

2016 FEE-HELP booklet (PDF 546B)