Higher Education Support Act 2003

Chapter 3 - Assistance to students  

Division 65 - Introduction  

SECTION 65-1   65-1   What this Chapter is about  

This Chapter provides for 4 kinds of assistance that the Commonwealth provides to students.

The Commonwealth meets all or part of the higher education costs of students who are enrolled in places funded under Part 2-2 .

The 4 kinds of assistance available under this Chapter are:

  • · HECS-HELP assistance - assistance to meet a student's liability to pay student contribution amounts for units of study that are Commonwealth supported (see Part 3-2 );
  • · FEE-HELP assistance-assistance to meet a student's liability to pay tuition fees for units of study that are not Commonwealth supported (see Part 3-3 );
  • · OS-HELP assistance - assistance to a student who, as part of his or her course of study, is to undertake study at an at an overseas higher education institution higher education institution (see Part 3-4 );
  • · SA-HELP assistance - assistance to a student on whom a student services and amenities fee is imposed (see Part 3-5 .
  • The Commonwealth pays the assistance to the relevant higher education provider either (in the case of HECS-HELP assistance, FEE-HELP assistance and SA-HELP assistance) to discharge the student's liability, or (in the case of OS-HELP assistance) to pay to students on the Commonwealth's behalf.

    The assistance is (in most cases) in the form of a loan from the Commonwealth to the student.


    Chapter 4 deals with the repayment of loans made under this Chapter.

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