What is a VET Student Loan?

So you've heard about the new VET Student Loan scheme but are wondering what this means for you specifically? Read on to get the facts.

2 May 2017

So you’re either part-way through studying your qualification or you’re just about to commence in 2017. Hooray! But in the midst of all these great decisions to study, comes the news of change to the way student loans are structured.

Straight up, the good news is that student loans are still available, and government subsidies on some courses still exist.

In a nutshell, the Australian Government has reviewed the financing option for Vocational Education and Training (VET) students.

Keep in mind that VET is generally anything studied at TAFE or private Registered Training Organisations.

What is a VET Student Loan?

The new VET Student Loan scheme are student loans that are capped at $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000, depending on which Diploma you are studying. For example, you may have enrolled in the Diploma of Engineering Technical (MEM50212) which costs $13,600, and the VET Student Loan cap is $15,000. This means students wishing to access finance to studying this Diploma can do so without paying a gap fee.

In the case where a course cost is higher than the VET Student Loan cap, the student will have to arrange to cover the difference or there may be additional Government subsidy for eligible students to assist with course costs.

When does the VET Student Loan scheme commence?

The VET Student Loan scheme will come into effect from 1 January 2017. This scheme is applicable for all government and private Registered Training Organisations who have been approved to access the VET Student Loan scheme. There is a list of approved courses that students can access VET Student Loans on the VET Student Loans website.

Information for students who have enrolled (or want) to start their studies in 2017

Everyone who is set to start studying from 2017 will be able to apply for VET Student Loans. This loan scheme is structured differently from the VET FEE-HELP scheme. Loans can only be accessed for some programs as decided by the Australian Government. In some cases, the course costs may be higher than the VET Student Loan cap, meaning that students will have to cover the difference.

But this doesn’t mean you have to pay upfront if you don’t have the spare cash. We’re here to help and we already have a successful payment plan option that countless students before you have used to pay for their studies.

If you find that some of your course fees need to be paid upfront or on a payment plan, talk to our Customer Service team about how this works. The big benefit about payment plans is that they only last while you’re studying so you’ll have paid a chunk off by the time you graduate which is awesome in the long term, and the loan accessed through the Federal Government will start to be paid off when you start earning above the repayment threshold.

The bottom line

TAFE Queensland SkillsTech is here to help you make great happen, now and in the future. It’s always a bit confusing when new legislation comes in around course costs but our team of experts are here to advise you and answer any questions you may have.

Should you require more information please contact our customer service team by calling 1800 654 447 or by emailing

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