Compare courses and providers

When looking to undertake further study, it is important for you to compare different education providers that offer the same/similar courses that you wish to study so you can make sure you are getting the best deal for your situation. Things to compare include price, course delivery, and job prospects.

Important tip
To access Commonwealth assistance (either a Commonwealth supported place or a HELP loan to pay for your study) you need be enrolled in an eligible course at an eligible education provider. Please see the Providers that offer Commonwealth assistance page for further information.

The following websites will assist you with comparing courses in both the higher education and vocational education and training (VET) sectors.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website

There are lots of higher education courses available, and different ways and places to study them. In many cases, the same qualification can be offered by a number of different education providers. You can use the QILT website to help you compare higher education providers and study areas to work out which option will be best for you.

The QILT website is an Australian Government initiative which aims to help you and your family make informed choices about study by bringing together robust survey data from Australian universities and higher education providers about students’ experiences and graduate employment outcomes.

Courses on the QILT website may be offered as CSP and approved for HECS-HELP, or approved for FEE-HELP - check the Providers that offer Commonwealth assistance page for more information, and the 'HELP loans and CSPs' area of this website.

VET Student Loans approved courses and approved course providers

Some VET courses at the diploma-level and above are approved for VET Student Loans. A list of these courses is available in the VET Student Loans (Courses and Loan Caps) Determination 2016, available at www.education.gov.au.

Students wishing to access VET Student Loans can refer to the VET Student Loans provider list available at www.education.gov.au.

Information regarding VET FEE-HELP loans

The VET FEE-HELP scheme closed for new students from 31 December 2016. For continuting students who wish to access VET FEE-HELP, there are transitional arrangements in place. Refer to www.education.gov.au.