HECS-HELP: what does it mean?

Am I eligible?

You must:

  • Be studying in a subsidised enrolment at university – known as a Commonwealth Supported Place.
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent humanitarian visa holder.
  • Enrol with an approved provider, by the census date.

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 2020-21 is $46,620.

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
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%

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

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