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TAFE Diploma and VET Student Loans

CQUniversity has a range of online, mixed mode and on-campus diplomas, with many supported by VET Student Loans or payment plans, for eligible applicants.

10284NAT - Diploma Crime & Justice Studies - VET Student Loan is not available for this course.
BSB50215 - Diploma of Business
BSB50415 - Diploma of Business Administration
BSB50618 - Diploma Human Resources Management
BSB51319 - Diploma of Work Health and Safety
BSB51415 - Diploma of Project Management
BSB51918 - Diploma Leadership and Management
CHC50113 - Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC52015 - Diploma of Community Services
CUA51115 - Diploma of Visual Arts
FNS50217 - Diploma of Accounting
HLT51015 - Diploma of Paramedical Science
HLT52015 - Diploma of Remedial Massage
HLT54115 - Diploma of Nursing
ICT50118 - Diploma of Information Technology
SHB50115 - Diploma of Beauty Therapy
SIT50116 - Diploma of Travel and Tourism
SIT50416 - Diploma of Hospitality Management

Diploma’s can be a great pathway to a bachelor’s degree. Check how much credit your chosen diploma may provide.

What is a VET Student loan?

The VET Student Loans program is affordable, sustainable, and student-centred. It gives eligible students access to quality level VET qualifications, particularly those students who could not otherwise afford to pay upfront. A VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

VET Student Loans can be used to pay for all or part of an eligible student's Tuition Fees when studying in an approved VET course of study at the level of:

  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma

From 1 January 2020 the Australian Government introduced a combined HELP loan limit which caps the amount you can borrow. This loan limit includes any HECS-HELP debt incurred from 2020 onwards plus any existing and new FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP or VET Student Loans.

Learn more about the HELP loan limit and how it affects you.

Current Fee Schedules

As an approved VET provider CQUniversity must make publicly available all of its Policies and procedures related to VET Student Loans.

Student Fact Sheets

Please find a list of Student Fact Sheets at Subsidised Training.

VET Student Loans provides a loan for Tuition Fees only, and do not cover additional expenses such as textbooks, uniforms, Student ID, equipment, travel, tools, and accommodation or general living expenses.

The FEE-HELP limit is the maximum amount a person can borrow over their lifetime.

A FEE-HELP balance is impacted by loans accessed through both FEE-HELP (Higher Education) and VET Student Loans. This limit excludes any loan fee (20%). The FEE-HELP limit is increased each year according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The current limit for 2017 is $100,879 for most students.

If you are studying medicine, veterinary science, or dentistry course the FEE-HELP limit is $126,101. The limit is indexed on 1 January each year. As a student uses VET Student Loans to pay their Tuition Fees, the amount they are able to borrow in the future is reduced. Once a student has borrowed their entire FEE-HELP limit (their FEE-HELP balance is zero), they may not access VET FEE-HELP or a VET Student Loan for future study even if they have commenced repaying their loan.

A FEE-HELP balance is impacted by loans accessed through both FEE-HELP (Higher Education) and VET Student Loans. Example: Fiona studies two units in her first semester and decides to use VET Student Loans assistance. Fiona has a FEE-HELP balance of $97,279.

Tuition Fee = $1,500 x 2 = $3,000

VET FEE-HELP debt = $3,000 + (3000 x 20%) = $3,600

FEE-HELP balance = $100,879 - $3,600 = $97, 279   

Fiona's remaining FEE-HELP balance is $97,279.

Through the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform, the Australian and Queensland Governments are supporting the expansion of the VET Student Loan scheme to improve access to higher-level qualifications.

VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students studying diploma level and above qualifications to pay their tuition fees. It cannot be used for other study-related costs such as accommodation or textbooks.

Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, a student must be able to defer their entire contribution through VET Student Loans but may elect to pay a proportion of the upfront and defer the remainder. As a result, through state-subsidised VET Student Loan arrangements, if the student is eligible, a loan may be available to the student to cover all or part of their contribution towards the cost of a diploma or advanced diploma level qualification subsidised under the Higher Level Skills program.

The Queensland Government will pay the same level of subsidy for a qualification regardless of whether the student accesses a VET Student Loan loan or not.

The Queensland Government is required to manage state subsidised VET Student loans to a weighted average of $5000. As a result, CQUniversity is an approved VET Student Loan provider who is able to manage the level of state subsidised VET Student loans offered to an average of $5000 or less.

If you are enrolling in a VET Student Loans eligible qualification and applying for VET Student Loans funding, you must demonstrate competence at, or above, Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in reading and numeracy. You can do this by:

  • Providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.
  • Completing a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) - Further Study Program (if you do not have your Senior Certificate, or it does not demonstrate your competency). The BKSB is part of the pre-enrolments process and incorporates an Initial Assessment for Maths and English. To continue your study in these areas, and address any skills gaps you may have, you need to complete a Diagnostic Assessment in both areas and complete short, online activities.

A two-business day cooling off period will occur when you have enrolled in a VET Student Loans eligible course to provide you with some time to make sure of your choice to take out a loan for your tuition.          

Please note if you enrol in a unit/s less than two business days prior to Census date you will not be eligible for VET Student Loans for those unit/s of study.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will take compulsory repayments through the taxation system when your income reaches the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment ($54,869 for the 2016-2017 financial year).

Repayments do not reset the maximum that can be borrowed, and once the VET Student Loan limit is reached, alternative payment methods must be used.

You are eligible to apply for a VET Student Loan two business days after you enrol into your units in the eligible VET Student Loan Course. You must submit your application on or before your first census day for your course if you wish to defer your fees to your VET Student Loan, if you do not submit your application by the due date you will be liable to pay the fees in full to CQUniversity.

After you enrol in your course, CQUniversity will notify the Australian Government that you have chosen to apply for a VET Student Loan. The Australian Government will send information to your cqumail address so that you can  complete an application for the VET Student Loan.

If you do not submit your VET Student Loan application form by the census day, you will be liable for the tuition fees for your enrolment.

To be eligible for VET Student Loans, you must be either:

  • An Australian citizen, or
  • Hold a permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia; or
  • be a qualifying New Zealand citizen

The following students are NOT eligible for VET Student Loan, and must pay their Tuition Fees upfront or contact CQUniversity to discuss alternative payment methods:

  • New Zealand Citizens
  • Permanent visa holders (other than holders of a permanent humanitarian visa)
  • Overseas students

You will be required to provide evidence of your citizenship or visa status through visual confirmation, or certified copy of your passport or birth certificate, when submitting your 'Request for VET Student Loans’ form.

In addition to meeting the citizenship or residency requirements, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a full fee paying VET course of study approved for VET Student Loans
  • Be enrolled on or before the Census date
  • Meet the Tax File Number (TFN) requirements - that is, you must have provided your TFN or a Certificate of Application for a Tax File Number (TFN) - please visit the Australian Taxation Office website for further information on Tax File Number application or enquiry for individuals
  • Have completed, signed and submitted a valid Request for VET Student Loans form on or before Census date
  • have not exceeded the VET Student Loans limit ($97,728 in 2017)

The day after Census date is the day your debt for the semester is transferred to the Australian Tax Office (ATO). In order to use VET Student Loans to pay your fees you must submit your Request for VET Student Loans Assistance form to CQUniversity Student Advice Team at Rockhampton, Mackay, Gladstone,  Emerald, Yeppoon or Biloela prior to Census date.

Whether you choose to pay your Tuition Fees upfront, apply for a VET Student Loan, or a combination of both, you are required to finalise all of these arrangements by the Census date.

If you have submitted an application for VET Student Loans Assistance and elected to use VET Student Loans to pay all or part of your fees, you will be provided with a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) within 28 days of the Census date. The CAN is a summary of your enrolment and associated fees  for that enrolment period, including:

  • units in which you are enrolled
  • Tuition Fees against these units
  • the total VET Student Loans assistance you are requesting for the semester
  • the 20% loan fee, charged by the Australian Government for the administration of your VET Student Loans debt

It is important to check all the details on your CAN carefully. You must notify CQUniversity of any errors within 14 days of the issue date on the CAN.