FEE-HELP: what does it mean?

Am I eligible?

You must:

  • Be enrolled in an eligible unit of study, offered by an approved FEE-HELP provider, by the census date; AND
  • Be an Australian citizen undertaking one unit of study in Australia; OR
  • Be a permanent humanitarian visa holder, residing in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
  • Be a permanent visa holder undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and residing in Australia for the duration of study.

When do I starting paying back my loan?

You’ll start repaying your HELP debt once your taxable income reaches the compulsory repayment threshold. This threshold is adjusted every year.

The threshold for 2019-20 is $45,881.The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2020-21 income is $46,620.

How much can I borrow?

In 2020 you can borrow up to $106,319 under the FEE-HELP scheme. For students studying medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses, the FEE-HELP limit is $152,700.

Disclaimer: This information is correct at the time of publishing, but is subject to change under the current government’s higher education reforms. The figures provided are applicable for the 2020-21 financial year only. For more information, visit StudyAssist [www.studyassist.gov.au].
2020-2021 repayment rates
2020-2021 Repayment ratesRepayment % rate
Below $46,620NIL
$46,620 – $53,8261.0%
$53,827 – $57,0552.0%
$57,056 – $60,4792.5%
$60,480 – $64,1083.0%
$64,109 – $67,9543.5%
$67,955 – $72,0314.0%
$72,032 – $76,3544.5%
$76,355 – $80,9355.0%
$80,936 – $85,7925.5%
$85,793 – $90,9396.0%
$90,940 – $96,3966.5%
$96,397 – $102,1797.0%
$102,180 – $108,3097.5%
$108,310 – $114,7078.0%
$114,708 – $121,6988.5%
$121,699 – $128,9999.0%
$129,000 – $136,7399.5%
$136,740 and above10.0%

To get started with your FEE-HELP application, or for more information, you can head to the StudyAssist website.

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