FROM 1 JANUARY 2017, THE COMMONWEALTH VET STUDENT LOANS PROGRAM REPLACED THE EXISTING VET FEE-HELP LOAN PROGRAM.
This Commonwealth Government program allows you to access loans for courses that:
• have a high national priority
• meet industry needs
• contribute to addressing skills shortages
• lead to employment outcomes.
The program also features loan caps for course loans. This means if your fees are above the loan cap, you
will need to pay the difference. The Diploma fee at The Makeup Technicians is $11,800. The loan cap for
this course is $10,000 you may need to pay the difference, or fee-paying gap of $1,800 please ask upon enrolment.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The VET Student Loan program allows eligible students to defer tuition fees for approved diploma or advanced diploma courses.
You can either:
• defer all your tuition fees (up to the loan cap limit)
• pay some of your tuition fees upfront and defer the balance.
Your loan is repaid through the Australian tax system. When you reach the minimum income threshold for repayment.
There is a loan fee of 20% for full fee-paying students.
Centrelink benefits do not affect your eligibility or the loan amount you can access. Fee concessions are not available for fee-for-service courses.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
To be eligible, you must either:
• be an Australian citizen, or
• hold an eligible permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia, or
• be a New Zealand citizen on Special Category Visa (SCV subclass 444) who meets the long-term residency
* HOLDERS OF OTHER PERMANENT VISAS AND TEMPORARY VISAS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A VET STUDENT LOAN
You must also:
• have a tax file number or be applying for one
• have a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
• meet the academic suitability requirements of the VET Student Loans Student Entry procedure (that is,
assessed as academically suitable to undertake a high level vocational qualification)
• have a Commonwealth Higher Education Support Number (CHESSN)
• not have exceeded your lifetime Commonwealth student loan limit.
WHAT IS A UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER (USI)?
The Commonwealth requires all students studying in a nationally recognised training course to have a USI. If you already have one, please ensure you use this same USI whenever you enrol for any training. If you don’t have a USI, go to https://www.usi.gov.au to register before you apply to enrol, or you can apply as part of your enrolment.
WHAT IS A COMMONWEALTH HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT SUPPORT NUMBER (CHESSN)?
A CHESSN is allocated to all students when they first access a Commonwealth loan. Any Commonwealth student loan you take is recorded against your CHESSN. If you already have a CHESSN, please supply that number.
NEW ZEALAND CITIZENS
The residency requirements for New Zealand citizens on a Special Category Visa are:
• You first began living in Australia at least 10 years before applying for a loan, and at that time, were a child
under 18 years of age and did not have a spouse or de-facto partner.
• You have been in Australia for at least eight of the 10 years immediately prior to applying and at least 18
months of the last two years.
You will need to provide evidence of your eligibility to TMT before requesting a VET Student Loan.
IS A VET STUDENT LOAN AVAILABLE FOR MY COURSE?
VET Student Loans are available for full-time Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses at TMT.
These courses are on the Commonwealth Government’s VET Student Loan program list. Click here to
view the Commonwealth Government’s VET Student Loan program approved course list. If course prices
are above the maximum loan a student may borrow, payment arrangements are available. You will be
advised of these when you enquire.
HOW DO I APPLY?
A VET Student Loan is an agreement between you and the Commonwealth Government. To apply for a VET Student loan:
• you must meet all the loan eligibility requirements
• if you are accepted into a course, TMT will advise the Commonwealth that you wish to apply
• the Commonwealth will then email your logon details and password to access the online loan application
• if approved, TMT will be advised by the Commonwealth and your enrolment can be finalised.
As with any loan you take, you must understand the terms and conditions before you make a commitment. Please read the VET Student Loan information available on the Commonwealth Department of Education website and consider seeking independent financial advice.
There are no age restrictions to apply for a VET Student Loan. For students who are under 18, your parent or guardian must co-sign your loan request. When you apply online:
• you will need to print your application
• have your parent or guardian sign the application
• then take this to your college.
Your parent or guardian will not be responsible for making loan repayments and it will not affect their credit rating. You will begin making repayments once your income reaches the minimum payment threshold.
STUDENT ENTRY PROCEDURE
To be assessed as academically suitable, you must either:
• provide a copy of your senior secondary certificate of education (that has been awarded by an Australian
authority or agency), or
• provide evidence of attainment of an Australian Qualification Framework qualification at certificate 4 or above, or
• undertake an approved literacy and numeracy assessment and be competent at Exit Level 3 or above in
reading and numeracy. Your college will assist you through the process to undertake this assessment if
required. There is no cost to you.
If you have completed previous studies, you could be eligible for reduced fees. You should let TMT know as soon as possible if you have experience in the area you are studying and think you may qualify for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning). You can also discuss this with your teacher before you enrol.
Completing a high-level qualification with TMT provides a credit pathway to university degrees with selected providers.
HOW WILL MY COURSE FEES BE CHARGED?
Fees for courses eligible for VET Student Loans are charged by Units of Study. Your course will have a least three Units of Study and your payments will be spread across the duration of your course. Each Unit of Study has a census day, set at no less than 20% into the Unit of Study. You will be sent an Invoice Notice 14 days before each census day, indicating your fees and census dates. Your debt is incurred on the day after the census day. After a census day has passed, TMT will also send you a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) for that Unit of Study. The CAN will provide you with information about your debt, including the
loan fee if applicable. If you believe your CAN is incorrect, you should contact your college immediately.
For a few courses, there may be a gap between the course fee and the loan cap that the Commonwealth will allow for your course. You will be advised of this when you enquire, and also about other payment options that may be available.
LIFETIME LOAN LIMIT
The lifetime loan limit is the total amount you can incur in your lifetime under any Commonwealth student loan scheme – whether it is Higher Education FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP or a VET Student Loan. It is indexed each year, in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). In 2017, the lifetime loan limit is $100,879 for most students. Students can view their loan obligations by logging into myUniAssist on the Study Assist website You will need your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) to log in.
HOW DO I PAY BACK THE LOAN?
You repay your loan through the tax system when your income is above the minimum repayment threshold. Repayment thresholds are adjusted each year to reflect changes in average weekly earnings. The minimum repayment income threshold for 2017-18 is $55,874.
A VET Student Loan is a personal debt obligation that can affect your credit rating and have wage and tax repayment implications. From 1 July 2017, all existing and future debtors from any Commonwealth student loan program who move overseas must make compulsory HELP repayments. If you are living overseas and earning an income that exceeds the minimum repayment threshold, you will be required to make compulsory repayments towards your debt. Please refer to the ATO website for more information.
MORE INFORMATION – STUDY ASSIST WEBSITE
Further information about VET Student Loans, including Frequently Asked Questions and loan limit information is available at the Study Assist website and the Department of Education and Training website.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
If you are considering applying for a VET Student Loan, you should familiarise yourself with your obligations by reading the VET Student Loan information booklet.
Further information is available at:
• Department of Education and Training website https://www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans
• Study Assist website studyassist.gov.au
• VET Student Loans Information booklet
• TMT VET Student Loans Policy
To ensure fair treatment for students, TMT has policies on student selection, entry requirements, assessment and equal opportunity.
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES FOR ACADEMIC MATTERS
TMT has a grievance and appeals process. You are entitled to raise any concerns about your academic results or appeal a result. In the first instance, you should talk to your trainer for more information about the appeals process.
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES FOR NON-ACADEMIC MATTERS
You may raise a concern or grievance for a range of non-academic matters, including harassment, vilification,
discrimination, misuse of personal information, financial matters and course applications. You may report your grievance to a trainer, Welfare support officer. See the Non-academic grievance procedure on our website.
WITHDRAWALS AND REFUNDS
If you choose to withdraw, you may be entitled to a refund of any up-front payment you’ve made, or re-credit of your loan balance if you have taken a Commonwealth loan. You must withdraw in writing by completing the appropriate withdrawal form available on our website. The loan amount you incur will depend on the timing of your withdrawal. There are no penalties if you withdraw on or before the census day. However, once a census day has passed, the loan amount for the Unit of Study is incurred. In some special circumstances, you may apply to have your debt reversed.
• Application to Re-credit a HELP Balance
Students also have the right to apply for a review of a decision not to re-credit a loan balance. See the VET Student Review Procedures.
If TMT ceases to provide a course in which you are enrolled, TMT will ensure that you are offered enrolment in a similar course of study.
Alternatively, TMT will:
• Refund any upfront payment for any unit of study due to TMT ceasing to offer that course
• Re-credit your loan balance for the affected unit
• Act in accordance with the Statement of VET Tuition Assurance