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  • Bonuses, benefits and discounts

    You may be able to get a benefit, bonus or discount applied to your debt depending on your specific circumstances.

    Find out about:

    Bonus for HELP voluntary repayments

    From 1 January 2017 the voluntary repayment bonus no longer applies.

    HECS-HELP benefit

    From 1 July 2017, the HECS-HELP benefit will be removed. This means the 2016-17 income year is the last you can claim the HECS-HELP benefit. However, you still have two years to lodge your application. Late applications will not be accepted.

    The HECS-HELP benefit provides an incentive for graduates of particular courses to take up related occupations or work in specified locations by reducing either:

    • compulsory HELP repayments
    • HELP debt.

    You may be eligible for the HECS-HELP benefit if you have graduated in one of the following fields and meet the criteria as listed on the StudyAssist website:

    • mathematics, statistics or science
    • education, nursing or midwifery
    • early childhood education.

    You may be eligible for more than one type of benefit. For example, an early childhood education teacher working in a rural/remote area may be eligible for both the early childhood education HECS-HELP benefit as well as the education HECS-HELP benefit.

    You need to lodge a separate application for each benefit.

    How to apply

    There are two different application forms for HECS-HELP benefits depending on your area of study:

    • early childhood education
    • maths, science, education or nursing (including midwifery).

    If you're eligible, you can apply for the HECS-HELP benefit by completing the relevant form in the link below. Each form includes an eligibility checklist at the start – the rest of the form will appear only if you are able to answer 'Yes' to all questions in the checklist.

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    Time limits

    You have two years to lodge your application from the end of the income year for which you are applying. We will not accept late applications.

    Income year for which you are claiming the HECS-HELP benefit

    Applications to be lodged with us by

    2015-16 income year

    30 June 2018

    2016-17 income year

    30 June 2019

    Eligible graduates may apply for the HECS-HELP benefit on an annual basis for a total lifetime claim of 260 weeks. Your claim doesn't need to be for a continuous period. The number of weeks you claim for each year will be subtracted from the 260 weeks until your entitlement is reduced to nil.

    Discount for TSL apprentices

    If you are an Australian apprentice and you have successfully completed your apprenticeship, a 20% discount is applied to the Trade Support Loan (TSL) you borrowed.

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    Last modified: 01 Jul 2017QC 44861