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Fees and Financial Assistance

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VET FEE-HELP is a Commonwealth Government loan scheme that allows eligible students to study now, pay later once they reach a defined income level. It helps vocational education and training students cover their fees and has been available to eligible students in full fee paying (fee for service) Diplomas and above.(VET FEE-HELP has been replaced by VET Student Loans from 1 January 2017).

This means you can study now, gain the qualification you need to get the new job or promotion, and pay back the loan when you can afford it. (It is advisable to seek independent financial advice before applying for a VET Student Loan. A minimum two business day cooling off period is required from when you apply to enrol until your enrolment is finalised and you may submit your application for a VET Student Loan).

Loans for students in government subsidised training places

From July 1 2014, VET FEE-HELP loans were made available to eligible students in NSW Government subsidised training places to pay their TAFE NSW fee for Diploma, Advanced Diploma and selected Certificate IV courses. There is no loan fee for VET FEE HELP or VET Student Loans to students in NSW Government subsidised training places. Find more information about these changes at VET FEE-HELP: Loans for students in government subsidised training places.

Please note: The trial of selected Certificate IV qualifications ended on 31 December 2016. Loans were available to eligible students to cover tuition fees for Units of Study that had an end date on or before 31 December 2016. Students enrolled in these qualifications will need to self-pay the remaining balance of any fees due in 2017.

Marketing Partners

Prior to 1 January 2017 TAFE Western Sydney region had partnerships with the following industry leaders to provide quality training and make VET FEE-HELP loans available to all eligible students studying in selected courses.

  • Australian Payroll Association, provide online learning and assessment materials for Diploma of Payroll Management. Training, assessment and issuing of qualifications by TAFE NSW (current contract to June 2018)
  • SEEK Learning. OTEN has a 5 year contract with SEEK Learning effective from 1 August 2015 to 31 July 2020 to promote selected courses with VET FEE-HELP loans available to students. Training, assessment and issuing of qualifications by TAFE NSW - OTEN. For more information about SEEK Learning follow this link:

There are no other active partnership arrangements currently in place for TAFE Western Sydney region.

OTEN VET FEE HELP courses offered through SEEK Learning (PDF, 618KB)

Withdrawals and refunds

You may withdraw from a course or unit of study at any time. Depending on when you withdraw you may be entitled to a refund of any up-front payment that you have made, or re-credit of your FEE-HELP balance if you have taken out a VET FEE-HELP loan.

All students have the right to apply for a review of a decision not to re-credit a FEE-HELP balance. Procedures for requesting a review are outlined in the VET FEE-HELP Student Review Procedures.

For further information please view the VET FEE-HELP Tuition Fee and Refund Policy – TAFE NSW.

VET FEE-HELP information for students – Tuition fees and refunds

Withdrawal Application Form for VET FEE-HELP students

VET FEE- HELP Application to Re-credit a FEE-HELP Balance

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