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HECS-HELP

How to apply

Any student on a Commonwealth supported place is legally required to:

This form would have been provided to you during the online enrolment process.

You can also access it at a later time through Sydney Student (go to 'My finance', 'Your finances', then 'Government forms').

Choosing a payment option

There are several ways that Commonwealth supported students can pay their student contributions. Each semester you have the opportunity to review your choice of payment option and change if eligible.
1

If eligible, you can obtain a HECS-HELP loan to pay your student contribution

This means the Australian Government will pay your student contribution to the University on your behalf.

If you only use the loan for part of your fees, you can pay the remaining amount through a partial upfront payment.

The amount loaned then becomes part of your accumulated HELP debt.

To obtain a HECS-HELP loan, you are required to provide your tax file number (TFN).

2

Pay your student contribution upfront

Each semester you’ll receive a financial statement that will include your student contribution amounts. You will be able to access this through Sydney Student and pay for your fees online.

Although it’s not mandatory, we strongly advise that you still provide your TFN if selecting the upfront option.

After the relevant census date, any unpaid student contribution amount will be deferred automatically as a HECS-HELP loan, but this can only happen if we have your TFN.

Providing your tax file number

If you’re a Commonwealth supported student eligible for HECS-HELP and have not provided a TFN or paid your student contributions up front before census, your enrolment will be cancelled.

If you don’t have a TFN at the time of filling out your form, before census you will need to:

  1. Apply for a TFN if you don’t already have one.
  2. Fill out a paper form at the Student Centre, providing your TFN or Certificate of application for a TFN from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

If you're a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder who meets the eligibility requirements, you'll need to provide evidence that you have been living in Australia for the qualifying period.

Once you've completed the Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form you will need to bring the following documents to the Student Centre:

  1. Your passport
  2. Evidence that you meet the long-term residency requirements. This can include but is not limited to:
    • international movement records from the Department of Home Affairs
    • Australian academic transcripts dated when you were a minor
    • stamped passport(s)
    • school reports or certificates
    • enrolment papers from when you were a minor
    • Australian Student ID card or concession card
    • completed Certificate of application for Tax File Number form, Tax File Number advice or notification of assessment of income tax dated from when you were a minor
    • payslips or payment summaries from when you were a minor.

These documents need to be submitted by the relevant census date or you will not be eligible for HELP assistance and will be required to pay your fees upfront.

Additional information

SCV is a temporary visa that ceases when you leave Australia. You need to be in the country at the time of applying for HELP.

If you become an Australian permanent resident your SCV will no longer be valid and you will not be eligible for HELP assistance.

Find out more about Special Category Visas

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Last updated: 14 September 2018

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