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VET FEE-HELP is an income-contingent loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay for all or part of their Vocational Education and Training (VET) tuition fees when studying one or more eligible VET courses. TAFE SA is an approved VET provider under the VET FEE-HELP Assistance Scheme.

VET FEE-HELP cannot be used for a higher education course, such as a bachelor degree. If you are studying a higher education course, and want information about Australian Government assistance, visit the FEE-HELP page.

Information regarding VET FEE-HELP is available at the Study Assist website. Refer to the Study Assist website for information about Australian Government assistance available to help students finance their tertiary study - including assistance available in the VET sector.

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Am I eligible?

VET FEE-HELP assists with the payment of tuition fees for students enrolled with an approved VET provider in one of the following course types:

  • diploma
  • advanced diploma
  • vocational graduate certificate
  • vocational graduate diploma

VET FEE-HELP is not available for certificate I - IV level courses.

In addition, to be eligible for VET FEE-HELP, you must be an Australian citizen or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa.See the Am I eligible for VET FEE-HELP? section of the Study Assist website for full eligibility criteria.

VET FEE-HELP is not available for Certificate I - IV level courses, however from 13 January 2014, TAFE SA is participating in the Trial to Extend the Availability of VET FEE-HELP for specific Certificate IV qualifications delivered by selected Training Providers. TAFE SA has been selected to offer places in three qualifications but only to new and continuing students who are subsidised under Skills for All.
Full Fee Paying students are not eligible to participate in this trial.

The eligible Certificate IV qualifications for TAFE SA are:

  *   Accounting
  *   Disability
  *   Engineering

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What does VET FEE-HELP cover?

VET FEE-HELP covers tuition fees only. It does not cover text books, materials, equipment, travel, accommodation or general living expenses, or any additional costs identified as incidental fees.

This is explained in more detail in the VET FEE HELP booklet, available to download in PDF format on the Publications page of the Study Assist website.

VET FEE-HELP covers units within diploma, advanced diploma, vocational graduate certificate or vocational graduate diploma-level courses only. If you are also studying units within a certificate level course, these units will not be covered by VET FEE-HELP. If you are not sure which units are covered by VET FEE-HELP, you can submit a query via the Contact Us form.

VET FEE-HELP only covers units that you are enrolled in by the census date. Please ensure that you are enrolled in all the units you wish to be covered by the census date.


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How do I apply?

You can apply for VET FEE-HELP via the electronic 'Request for VET FEE-HELP form' in myTAFESA (

Before you start, you will need your myTAFESA login, and your tax file number (TFN). You will not be able to submit an electronic VET FEE-HELP request without a valid TFN.

  1. Log in to myTAFESA
  2. Complete the Pre-Registration Checklist, if required.
  3. Enrol in your units for this semester.
  4. Access the Payment Options screen, and select ‘Apply for VET FEE-HELP’.
  5. Follow the instructions on each screen and provide all required information.
  6. Submit the Request for VET FEE-HELP form.
  7. Print a copy of the Receipt of Request for Commonwealth Assistance screen as confirmation of your request.
  8. For detailed instructions, refer to the How to apply for VET FEE-HELP via myTAFESA factsheet.
    If you have any queries, contact us.
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What is the Census Date?

The census date is the last date which students can withdraw from a unit of study (CRN) without incurring a debt for that unit of study. A student’s CRN census date is calculated as their nominated start date plus 20% of the course duration.

TAFE SA has provided a census date calculator to enable students to view their census dates prior to CRN registration. The census date calculator is available via the Census Date Calculator link on the Self-Service Banner (SSB) homepage.

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What is a Commonwealth Assistance Notice?

If you are approved for VET FEE-HELP assistance, you will be issued with a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) within 28 days of the census date. A single, always up to date copy for each program of study and semester will be displayed in your student account in Self-Service Banner (SSB).

The CAN will include details of the units of study covered by VET FEE-HELP and the amount of VET FEE-HELP assistance that you will receive. Please view the following sample CAN for your reference.

If you believe that the information in your CAN is incorrect, you must, within 14 days of the CAN issue, submit a CAN review request via the Contact us form or by emailing You should include evidence showing why you think the CAN is incorrect.

When the VET FEE-HELP team receives the CAN review request, they will review the request and re-issue the CAN if they determine that the original CAN was incorrect.

Changes to Commonwealth Assistance Notices

Currently VFH students receive their VET Fee-Help Commonwealth Assistance Notices via email, within 28 days of census date.

From Semester 2 2015, Commonwealth Assistance notices will no longer be emailed to students. A single, always up to date copy for each program of study and semester will be stored in their student profile within Mytafesa. Please view the following sample CAN for your reference.

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Schedule of VET Tuition Fees

To view a list of all VET FEE-HELP eligible courses and the census date:


Only available for subsidised selected Certificate IV qualifications:

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Statement of Tuition Assurance

Statement of Tuition Assurance (VET FEE-HELP)

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Policies & Procedures

VET FEE-HELP related policies and procedures cover fair treatment, personal information, academic grievance, student complaint resolution and refunds/re-credits. If you require further information, please email

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Will I get a refund/re-credit if I withdraw?

If you have applied for a VET FEE-HELP loan, and if you withdraw from a course before or on the census date, you will not incur a VET FEE-HELP debt for the course you are withdrawing from and you will receive a full refund of any tuition fees that you have paid up-front.

If you withdraw from a course after the census date, you may still be eligible for a refund of up-front fees and/or re-credit of your FEE-HELP balance, if special circumstances apply. In this case, you will need to complete and submit an Application for Refund and Re-credit of FEE-HELP BALANCE form.

VET FEE-HELP FAQ: Enquiries, CAN, refunds and re-credits (pdf)
Application for refund and re-credit of FEE-HELP balance (pdf)
Application to review a refund/re-credit decision (pdf)

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