HECS-HELP

What is HECS-HELP?

The HECS-HELP scheme provides you with access to a loan to help you pay your student contribution amount, with the added incentive of a discount for upfront payment of your tuition fees.

Am I eligible?

You must:

  • Be studying in a subsidised enrolment at university – known as a Commonwealth Supported Place.
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • Enrol with an approved provider, by the census date

When do I starting paying back my loan?

You’ll start repaying your HELP debt once your taxable income reaches the compulsory repayment threshold. This threshold is adjusted every year. The threshold for 2016-17 is $54,869.

Is there anything else I need to know?

HECS-HELP debts don’t incur interest, but are indexed on 1 June each year in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The indexation rate for 2016 is 1.5%.

 
Disclaimer: This information is correct at the time of publishing, but is subject to change under the current government’s higher education reforms. The figures provided are applicable for the 2016-17 financial year only. For more information, visit StudyAssist [www.studyassist.com.au].

The idea of studying now and paying later is certainly appealing, but exactly how much will you have to pay once your salary reaches the compulsory repayment threshold? The amount is calculated as a percentage of your income, so the more you earn, the higher your repayments will be.

2016-2017 repayment rates
2016-2017 Repayment ratesRepayment % rate
Below $54,869NIL
$54,869 – $61,1194.0%
$61,120- $67,3684.5%
$67,369 – $70,9095.0%
$70,910 – $76,2225.5%
$76,223 – $82,5506.0%
$82,551 – $86,8946.5%
$86,895 – $95,6267.0%
$95,627- $101,8997.5%
$101,900 and above8.0%

Can I pay off my debt sooner?

You can make a voluntary repayment on top of your compulsory repayments at any time. If you make a payment of $500 or more, you’ll receive a 5% discount on the payment amount. To get started with your HECS-HELP application, or for more information, you can head to the StudyAssist website.

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At StudySelect, we’re passionate about learning. By offering students a simple way to find online and on-campus education in Australia, we make it easier to connect with the right course, from the right provider.