What is the difference between HECS-HELP and FEE HELP?


What is the difference between HECS-HELP and FEE HELP?

HECS-HELP is a loan for eligible Commonwealth supported students studying at public universities (and some approved private institutions of higher education), whereas FEE-HELP can be offered to eligible students who study courses where the tuition fees are set by the approved providers.

IS HELP and HECS the same?

Additional loan types were added and the program was renamed the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). HECS was absorbed into HELP and the scheme is now referred to as HECS-HELP.

Is FEE-HELP tax deductible in Australia?

THE FEE-HELP LOAN SCHEME if there is a direct connection between your work and your study, you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction.

Does Centrelink help with study costs?

Main student payments Austudy is financial help if you’re 25 or older and studying or completing an Australian Apprenticeship.

What is FEE-help?

What is FEE-HELP? FEE-HELP is a loan that helps eligible fee paying students (i.e. those who are not enrolled in a subsidised place) pay their tuition fees.

Are HECS-HELP fees tax deductible?

In contrast to FEE-HELP tuition costs being deductible, student debt under the HECS-HELP scheme has specifically been rejected as a tax deduction under section 26-20 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Why is fee-help deductible?

What is HECS fees at university?

When you attend university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a HECS-HELP loan to pay for your studies. You can only get a HECS-HELP loan if you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). A HECS-HELP loan does not cover costs like accommodation, laptops or text books.

Who qualifies for HECS HELP?


  • be studying in a Commonwealth supported place.
  • be an Australian citizen and meet the residency requirements (you must study at least some of your course in Australia)
  • be a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder or permanent humanitarian visa holder and meet the residency requirements.

How do FEE-HELP repayments work?

Starting from the 2019-20 income year, any compulsory or voluntary HELP or VSL repayments made will top up a person’s HELP balance. These repayments will be applied to a person’s HELP balance after they have completed their 2019-20 tax return and been issued with a notice of assessment from the ATO.

Should I pay off my HECS debt early?

Advantages to early repayment Any voluntary repayments will be a credit to your HELP balance. Although voluntary repayments for study and training support loans are not refundable, the ATO recommends that if you would like to make a voluntary repayment, an ideal time to do this is before you lodge your tax return.