AIPE - Apply, Vet, for Fee Help Courses, Application Form, Eligibility
AIPE is excited about being an approved provider of VET FEE-HELP. This page is designed to provide you with all the information you need to apply for and study a VET FEE-HELP approved qualification.
VET FEE-HELP is a student loan scheme for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector that is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP).
VET FEE-HELP assists eligible students undertaking certain VET courses of study (diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses) with an approved VET provider, to pay for all or part of their tuition costs. A VET provider is a registered training organisation who has been approved by the Australian Government to offer VET FEE-HELP assistance to their students
What is VET FEE-HELP?
VET FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees for higher level VET courses undertaken at approved VET FEE-HELP providers.
What is an approved VET FEE-HELP provider?
An organisation that has been approved by the Australian Government to offer VET FEE-HELP loans to its students. You can find a list of approved providers at www.deewr.gov.au/vetfeehelp.
Am I eligible for VET FEE-HELP?
- if you are an Australian citizen. Then YES! or;
- the holder of a permanent humanitarian visa who will be resident in Australia for the duration of the unit of study for which you are seeking VET FEE-HELP assistance;
- be undertaking study as a full fee-paying student; OR be undertaking study as an eligible subsidised student in a Reform State or Territory;
- be enrolled on or before the census date in an eligible unit of study through an approved VET provider;
- meet the tax file number requirements;
- have completed, signed and submitted a valid Request for VET FEE-HELP assistance form through your VET provider on or before the census date for the unit you enrolled in; and
- not have exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.
How do I apply?
To apply for VET FEE-HELP you need to submit a Request for VET FEE-HELP assistance form by the census date indicated by your approved provider.
How much can I borrow?
There is a set maximum amount you can borrow through VET FEE-HELP over your lifetime. This is known as the FEE-HELP limit. In 2013 the FEE-HELP limit is $93,204.
Is there a loan fee?
Depending on where you are studying, you may attract a loan fee of up to 20% for your VET FEE-HELP loan. This is included in your VET FEE-HELP debt. There is no interest on VET FEE-HELP loans but your debt total is adjusted (indexed) each year to keep its real value.
How do I repay the loan?
You will repay your VET FEE-HELP loan gradually through the tax system once your income is above the minimum repayment threshold set by the Australian Taxation Office. In the 2012–13 income year the threshold is $49,905.
Helpful Links & Documents
The VET FEE-HELP FAQ and brochure are designed to assist students to understand VET FEE-HELP, and their rights and responsibilities when accessing VET FEE-HELP assistance.
Please download these documents below:
- VET FEE-HELP Information 2013
- VET FEE-HELP Information for Student
- VET FEE-HELP FAQ
- VET FEE-HELP Brochure
VET FEE-HELP Schedule January – December 2013
Need further assistance?
If you would like further information about VET FEE-HELP and your eligibility, please contact us at (02) 8412 9300. We will assist you in applying by confirming your eligibility and providing you with the VET FEE-HELP Information booklet and Request for VET FEE-HELP assistance form.
You must read the Information booklet before completing and signing the form, when completing the form, you must tick all relevant boxes and sign the declaration. Return the form to the Student Services Department at AIPE on or before the census date for the first unit of study for which you wish to obtain VET FEE-HELP assistance. Please feel free to contact our friendly staff, if you are unsure how to complete the form.
If you have not submitted a completed Request for VET FEE-HELP assistance form on or before the census date for the unit, you will not be entitled to VET FEE-HELP assistance for that unit.