From 1 January 2017, the Australian Government will remove the upfront HECS-HELP discount of 10% for eligible students that pay their student contributions upfront and the voluntary HELP repayment bonus of 5%. For more information visit the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
SA-HELP will form part of the suite of HELP loans offered by the Australian Government. All Australian citizens and humanitarian visa holders enrolled in an award program will be eligible to defer their services and amenities fee (SA fee) debt in the same way as HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP.
Students may elect to pay the SA fee up-front as they may for their student contribution, or they may choose to defer the debt.
If a student chooses to defer the SA fee they will be required to submit a request for Commonwealth Assistance form via ISIS by the incurral deadline.
Eligible students include all Australian citizens and some permanent humanitarian visa holders enrolled in an award program. The following student cohorts are eligible to apply for SA-HELP:
- students in Commonwealth support places
- domestic tuition fee paying students
- research training scheme students
- domestic outbound exchange student.
The incurral deadline is the last day a student who would like to access SA-HELP can submit their Request for Commonwealth Assistance form vis ISIS. Forms received after this date can only be applied to later semesters, trimesters or sessions.
The incurral deadline differs from the due date for payment.