If you’re studying a University of Canberra or Federation University degree through TAFE Queensland, you may be eligible for a government subsidy known as a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). As a Commonwealth supported student, the Australian Government will pay part of the fees for your degree directly to your training provider. The amount the government subsidises for you is not a loan and you will not have to pay it back. You will only need to pay the remainder of the fees known as the student contribution amount.
As a Commonwealth supported student you may also be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan to help you pay your student contribution amount. The loan cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation, materials, or text books. If you’re approved for a HECS-HELP loan, the Australian Government will pay your course fees directly to TAFE Queensland. You will then owe a debt to the government for the loan.
To be eligible for HECS‑HELP, you must:
Once your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold, you will start to pay back the loan through the Australian taxation system. The threshold is adjusted each year and is currently $54,869 for the 2016-2017 income year. Repayments continue until you have repaid your entire debt. This will impact your take-home pay.