VET Student Loans

The VET Student Loans program assists eligible students pay tuition fees for approved higher-level (diploma and above) vocational education and training (VET) courses, when studying at VET Student Loans approved course providers.

Approved Course List and Loan Caps

Approved providers

Providers who were once approved to offer VET Student Loans but are no longer approved can be found in the Providers no longer approved to offer VET Student Loans list.

For more information, open the relevant tabs below.

Information for Students

Information for students on how to access a VET Student Loan is available at

Information on what to do if your provider closes is available at

Information on VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans debt issues and complaints concerning a provider is available at

Students can search for courses and course providers, including VET Student Loans approved courses and providers at

Information for students about government assistance for financing tertiary study is available at

Information on VET Student Loans and VET FEE-HELP compliance is available at

Advice for all VET FEE-HELP student related enquiries, including about the new VET FEE-HELP Student Redress Measures, frequently asked questions, how to manage your loan, and the end of grandfathering arrangements is available at

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Information for Providers

Information for providers regarding VET Student Loans, including resources payment and reporting information and frequently asked questions is available at

Advice on how to become a VET Student Loans provider is available at

Information for VET FEE-HELP providers managing continuing VET FEE-HELP students is available at

Information about tuition assurance and provider closures is available at

Information on VET Student Loans and VET FEE-HELP compliance is available at

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Legislation and policy documents

VET Student Loans Acts of Parliament and Legislative Instruments.

Acts of Parliament

Legislative Instruments

Supporting Information

The Regulation Impact Statement sets out the Government's preferred option for the VET FEE-HELP redesign, as well as alternatives, developed following consultations with VET FEE-HELP providers in April 2016 and public submissions in response to the discussion paper.

The Redesigning VET FEE-HELP Discussion Paper outlined issues with the VET FEE-HELP scheme, and proposed a range of possible options to address these. The Discussion Paper was opened for public comment until 30 June 2016.

Review of the VET Student Loans Eligible Course List and Loan Caps Methodology

In February 2017, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training began a comprehensive review of the methodology of the VET Student Loan Course list and course caps. The outcome of the review was published on 11 December 2017.

Redevelopment and Audit of the VET Student Loans Data Collection Discussion Paper

The Redevelopment and Audit of the VET Student Loans Data Collection Discussion Paper (the paper) opens consultation with VSL stakeholders to seek views on how the department and DHS can ensure relevant, high quality data is collected through the Collection, using best practice submission processes. This paper is similar in purpose and aim to the Redevelopment and Audit of the Higher Education Data Collection Discussion Paper distributed to higher education providers in January 2018.

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VET Student Loans Statistical Reports

The VET Student Loans Data Collection includes administrative and statistical data about the VET Student Loans program
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If you have questions after reading the information on VET Student Loans pages, please submit an enquiry via the online enquiry form at the bottom of each page, or contact the HELP Student Enquiry line on 1800 020 108.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with VET Student Loans.

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  1. 2018 VSL Application Guide

    Created: 31 October 2018

    This Application Guide provides Applicants with detailed information on the content and format required for preparing and lodging an application. In particular, it indicates how...

  2. 2019 VSL Application Guide

    Created: 1 April 2019

    This Application Guide provides Applicants with detailed information on the content and format required for preparing and lodging an application. In particular, it indicates how...

  3. Addendum- VSL Six Monthly Report January to June 2019- Tables 1 to Table 6

    Created: 12 August 2019

    Addendum for the VSL Six Monthly Report January to June 2019 - Tables 1 to Table 6.

  4. Adding Approved Course Form- Schedule 3

    Created: 16 August 2018

    This form is used by eligible providers who wish to apply for courses to be added to Schedule 3 of the VET Student Loans (Courses and Caps) Determination 2016.

  5. Assessment of LLN testing tools for the VET Student Loans program

    Created: 15 December 2015  |  Last modified: 10 April 2017

    Describes the assessment of language, literacy and numeracy testing instruments and processes for VET Student Loans.

  6. BCA National Information webinar session slides

    Created: 2 April 2019  |  Last modified: 11 April 2019

    Powerpoint slides relating to BCA Training provider closure webinar session for impacted students conducted by the department's tuition assurance administrator.

  7. Cancellation of a VET FEE-HELP Debt (unacceptable conduct) Application

    Created: 24 August 2018

    This document is the approved form for students applying for VET FEE-HELP re-credit under the unacceptable conduct provisions contained within Clause 46A, Schedule 1A of the...

  8. Change control document VET Guidelines 2015 to Higher Education Support VET Guidelines 2015

    Created: 21 January 2016

    Comparison table to identify changes from VET Guideline 2015 to Higher Education Support VET Guideline 2015

  9. Cost Recovery Implementation Statement – information on cost recovery

    Created: 3 July 2017

    This Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) provides information on how the Department of Education and Training (the department) implements the regulatory charging...

  10. Data Provision and Statutory Declarations For 2019 Monthly Census Dates

    Created: 6 March 2017  |  Last modified: 12 July 2019

    Data Provision and Statutory Declarations For 2018 Monthly Census Dates

  11. Discussion Paper- VSL Course List and Loan Cap Methodology Review

    Created: 12 April 2017

    Discussion Paper - VSL Course List and Loan Cap Methodology Review

  12. eCAF fact sheet

    Created: 3 July 2017

    This fact sheet describes how students can request a VET Student Loan using the eCAF.

  13. Fact sheet- 2017 Tuition Assurance

    Created: 5 October 2016  |  Last modified: 10 November 2017

    This fact sheet is for VET FEE-HELP  and VET Student Loans students where their approved provider closed down or stopped delivering an approved course in 2017 (or earlier)

  14. Fact sheet- VET FEE-HELP Grandfathering

    Created: 20 April 2017

    From 1 January 2017 VET Student Loans commenced replacing the VET FEE‑HELP  for all new students. Students currently financing their studies through a VET FEE‑HELP loan will not...

  15. Fact sheet- VET FEE-HELP Grandfathering – Access in 2018

    Created: 17 August 2017  |  Last modified: 17 October 2017

    From 1 January 2017 VET Student Loans commenced, replacing the VET FEE‑HELP for all new students....

  16. FAQs – 2018 VET Student Loans Provider Applications

    Created: 23 August 2018

    The Department of Education and Training may update these Frequently Asked Questions from time to time, based on the questions received by providers. Please check them before...

  17. FAQs – Second Round of 2017 VET Student Loans Provider Applications

    Created: 14 September 2017

    FAQs – Second Round of 2017 VET Student Loans Provider Applications

  18. Financial Viability Instructions: Applicants and Providers of VET FEE-HELP

    Created: 19 September 2016

    The Financial Viability Instructions (FVI) inform applicants of the financial information that is required, the form in which it must be prepared and how financial viability...

  19. Future tuition protection Q&As

    Created: 17 August 2018

    Questions and Answers for VET Student Loans and FEE-HELP students and providers on the new tuition protection arrangements starting 1 January 2020. 

  20. Higher Education Providers: VET Administrative Information for Providers (AIP)

    Created: 26 November 2013  |  Last modified: 21 September 2015

    The administrative information for providers (AIP) manuals help approved providers interpret and implement the student support policies that are enacted under the Higher...

  21. HITS User Guide

    Created: 25 November 2013  |  Last modified: 4 July 2019

    This is a user's guide on how to use the HITS system.

  22. Pragmatic and Parapharm Training closure information session powerpoint

    Created: 2 April 2019

    Powerpoint slides relating to Pragmatic and Parapharm Training provider closure information session for impacted students conducted by the department's tuition assurance...

  23. Process for Approved Providers applying for additional courses

    Created: 15 May 2017

    Process for Approved Providers applying for additional courses

  24. Process for Approved Providers applying to increase their provider fee limits

    Created: 18 August 2017

    This fact sheet details the process for Approved Providers applying to increase their provider fee limits

  25. Provider request to vary VSL Fee Limit form

    Created: 14 September 2017

    Provider request to vary VSL Fee Limit form

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