Financial support is available to help you meet the costs of your higher education and training. Find out about the different types of financial assistance available, eligibility and how to apply.
Assistance available from the Australian Government
VET FEE-HELP is a student loan scheme that helps eligible fee paying students pay all or part of their tuition fees for the vocational education and training (VET).
VET FEE-HELP is available to eligible students doing VET studies, such as diplomas, advanced diplomas, graduate certificates and graduate diploma courses with an approved VET provider. A VET provider is a registered training organisation who has been approved by the Government to offer VET FEE-HELP assistance to their students.
The scheme covers the cost of your tuition fees through a loan that you do not need to start paying back until you are employed and earning a certain level of income.
For more information talk to your training provider and, call 1800 020 108 or see: Study Assist – FEE-HELP
Centrelink assistance for individuals studying and training
Centrelink offers financial support if you are an adult in study, training or looking for work.
To apply find out more about education and training, eligibility and to apply for payments, see:
Students and Trainees
Centrelink’s Youth Allowance can help if you are a young person who is studying, undertaking training or an apprenticeship, looking for work, or sick.
For more information, see:
If you are an Aboriginal student or a full-time apprentice, ABSTUDY can help you stay in training or go on to further studies. It includes a fortnightly payment to help with living, study and accommodation costs.
Aboriginal students can also get help with study costs through the Indigenous Completions Initiative, which means you can pay a reduced tuition fee for enrolment in government subsidised training at all levels, including diploma and above.
For more information on ABSTUDY eligibility, payment rates and claim forms, see: