I'm trying to apply for HECS but the system won't let me. I'm an Australian Permanent Resident.

Question:

I'm trying to apply for HECS but the system won't let me. I'm an Australian Permanent Resident.

Answer:

If you are in a Commonwealth Supported (CSP) course (such as a Bachelor’s program), you are eligible for CSP only. This means the government partially subsidises the tuition fees, so your fees (called student contribution) are lower. As a Permanent Resident (non-humanitarian visa holder), you will still be required to make full payment of the CSP subsidised fees to the University by the due date and cannot use HECS-HELP.

You will still need to complete a ‘Request for CSP and HECS-HELP form’ on eStudent, to accept CSP and be able to enrol. Further information can be found at: goto.mq/ecaf.

If you are in a Domestic Full Fee (DFEE) paying course (such as a MUIC Foundation program), you do not need to complete any government assistance forms and are not eligible for any HELP assistance. You can proceed to enrol in units for your course. You’ll need to pay your fees by the due date.

If you are a Permanent Humanitarian visa holder, you are eligible for HELP assistance by completing the relevant HELP form(s) with your Tax File Number (TFN) provided by the relevant census date. You can find out how to complete these forms at: goto.mq/ecaf.

If you become an Australian Citizen your eligibility for HELP will change.