FEE-HELP is available for eligible students studying Higher Education awards at Diploma, Associate Degree, Bachelor, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master levels1. Information regarding Census dates can be found on this page.
Students enrolled with Eastern College Australia, which has been approved as a higher education provider (HEP), may have an entitlement to access the Fee Paying Higher Education Loan Program (FEE-HELP). FEE-HELP is a loan scheme which assists eligible students to pay their tuition fees. FEE-HELP can cover all or part of the student's tuition fees, up to a combined HELP loan limit of $106,319 (for 2020). The Australian Government pays the student's tuition fee to the Higher Education Provider (Eastern College Australia) on behalf of the student, and students begin to repay their FEE-HELP debt to the Australian Government once their income reaches a prescribed threshold. The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2018-2019 income year is $51,957. The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2019-2020 income year is $45,881.
Students studying at degree, post graduate and masters level may apply. Eastern College Australia has an obligation to provide Tertiary Assurance. This means that, in the event the College cannot provide the educational services required for students to complete their awards, the students can enrol in a similar course of study with another higher education provider and receive full credit towards the same or a comparable qualification from the second provider for any successfully completed units of study undertaken as part of that course of study and, if necessary, receive a payment equivalent to any student contribution amount or tuition fee paid for any undelivered unit of study. For more information about Tertiary Assurance please read the Statement of Tuition Course Assurance.
In order to administer the FEE-HELP scheme, student's personal information is provided to the Commonwealth and State higher education authorities at the time they provide their personal details on application to Eastern College Australia and when they complete the Request for Commonwealth Assistance form. This form and the FEE-HELP information booklet are available upon request.
For further information on FEE-HELP, please call Reception on (03) 9790 9200 to request a FEE-HELP Information booklet, or have a look at the Australian Government's Study Assist website. The Eastern College Australia Review Procedures: FEE-HELP contains information relating to the following:
- Request for FEE-HELP Assistance
- Request to Remove a FEE-HELP Debt
- Request for Review of the Original Decision
Please note that FEE-HELP is unavailable for course pre requisite modules. FEE-HELP is unavailable for VET awards ↩