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FEE-HELP and VET FEE HELP are federal Higher Education Loan Programs (HELP) which assist eligible students undertaking Diploma and Higher Education courses with an approved provider. Under this scheme, you take out a loan from the Commonwealth to cover the cost of your enrolment for courses at a Diploma level and above.

The other fee payable at West Coast Institute cannot be added to a HELP Loan and will need to be paid at the time of enrolment. Currently at West Coast Institute this fee is $22.00.

You will start repaying the loan through the taxation system when your income exceeds a set level (currently around $50,000 per year).


As of the 11th April 2016 Central Institute of Technology and West Coast Institute merged and are now North Metropolitan TAFE.
Due to this merger all students with a current VET Fee Help Loan, are required to complete a new Vet Fee Help Application with North Metropolitan TAFE named as the training provider.

It is imperative that ALL Vet Fee Help Students, return a new application prior to May 11th 2016. 

If you do not complete a new application your loan will not continue and you will need to make alternative payment arrangements for the remainder of your Semester 1 fees.


To be eligible for VET FEE HELP you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, or a New Zealand citizen special category visa holder subclass 444 who meets the requisite criteria (resident in Australia for the duration of the unit); 
  • Have not exceeded the FEE HELP limit (currently $99,389) 
  • Provide your TFN or a Certificate of application for a tax file number to Student Services when you submit your VET FEE HELP application. Visit the Australian Taxation Office for more information on tax file numbers.
  • Be enrolled with an approved provider in an eligible unit of study at least 14 days prior to census date for the first unit of your study with VET FEE HELP access; and at least 14 days prior to census date for subsequent units [note that students are required to submit the Request for Commonwealth Assistance (VET FEE HELP application) at least after two days from the date of first enrolment, at which point they will be issued with a notice outlining their VET FEE HELP debt].
  • Have completed, signed and submitted a valid Request for VET FEE HELP Assistance form on or before census date. You will receive this form when you enrol and this can be lodged two business days after enrolment. 
  • Provide evidence that you have completed an Australian Year 12 Senior Education Certificate or undertaken an approved Literacy assessment  - this testing will be available at West Coast Institute on enrolment day. 

VET FEE HELP student eligibility checklist

VET FEE HELP Fee Schedules (XLS)

Student enrolled in Flexible delivery will have their census date determined by the date of enrolment.  For any assistance determining your census dates, please contact the Student Services. The census date is the last day you can:

  • Submit a request for HELP assistance (to commence a loan)
  • Withdraw your enrolment without incurring the cost or debt for that unit.

There are 3 steps to applying for a HELP Loan:

1. Read the VET FEE HELP Loan Booklet

Students will be provided with this booklet at the time of enrolment

2. Complete VET FEE HELP Loan Application Form and Eligibility Checklist

All students requesting VET Fee HELP will be required to have a completed Loan Application form under current Commonwealth legislation this application cannot be lodged until two business days (48 hours) after enrolment.  

To complete your eligibility checklist your will need:

  • Your Tax File Number or a Certificate of Application for a Tax File Number (from the ATO or stamped by the Post Office)
  • The original and a photocopy of your Australian citizenship evidence such as a birth certificate; Australian passport, Citizen Certificate or copy of your permanent humanitarian visa
  • Evidence of an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate or successfully completed the entrance Numeracy and Literacy Assessment. 

3. Lodge your VET FEE HELP Loan Application Form

You will need to ensure that West Coast Institute has copies of your supporting documentation and your completed VET FEE HELP application.  You will need to confirm your lodgment of a VET FEE HELP application by completing the following:

VET FEE HELP lodgment form

4. You will only need to fill in one application per course at the beginning of your course and then ask Student Services to add units to your VET FEE HELP loan every time you enrol in new units. 


Once you have submitted your application form, along with all of the required documentation as outlined above, you will be provided with an invoice 14 days before your first census date and a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) within 28 days of the 'census date'.
This notice is a summary of your enrolment and associated fees for that enrolment period, including:

  • Units in which you are enrolled
  • Tuition fees for each of these units
  • The total VET FEE-HELP loan you are requesting for the semester
  • The loan fee (if applicable), charged by the federal government for administration of your VET FEE-HELP debt

Please check all of the details on your notice carefully and notify Student Services within 14 days if there are any errors.


  • Certificate IV in Community Services Work
  • Certificate IV in Youth Work
  • Certificate IV in Education Support

Please note: Units in the following Certificate IV courses are required to be completed by 31 December 2016 to be eligible for VET FEE HELP.

Eligible VET FEE HELP Diploma qualifications

  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy
  • Diploma of Community Services Work
  • Diploma of Digital Media Technologies
  • Diploma of Accounting
  • Diploma of Human Resources Management
  • Diploma of Information Technology Networking
  • Diploma of Software Development
  • Diploma of Business
  • Diploma of Project Management
  • Diploma in Conservation and Land Management
  • Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • Diploma of Horticulture
  • Diploma of Events
  • Diploma of Hospitality
  • Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2)
  • Diploma of Carbon Management
  • Diploma of Youth Work
  • Diploma of Early Childhood and Care
  • Diploma of Digital Media Technologies
  • Diploma of Security and Risk Management
  • Diploma of Counselling


  • Advanced Diploma of Management
  • Advanced Diploma of Management
    (Human Resources)
  • Advanced Diploma of Hospitality
  • Advanced Diploma of Accounting
  • Advanced Diploma of Nursing
    (Enrolled/Division 2)
  • Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

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