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Non-Australian citizens

Visa information

Use VEVO to find out what type of visa you hold.

Once you know what visa you have, check to see if you are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) and/or a HELP loan.

Contact the Department of Home Affairs about visas or immigration. 

 

New Zealand citizens

New Zealand citizens can get a subsidised place at a university or a higher education provider, called a CSP.

Only some New Zealand citizens can get a HELP loan. You must:

  • be a New Zealand Special Category visa (SCV) holder;

  • meet ALL of the long-term residency requirements; and

  • be living in Australia while you study.

 

Long-term residency requirements

The long term residency requirements for New Zealand SCV holders are that you:

  • first began to be usually resident in Australia at least 10 years ago,

  • were a child under the age of 18 with no spouse or de facto partner when you first began to be usually resident in Australia, and

  • have been in Australia for at least:

    • a total of eight out of the past 10 years (from when you apply for the loan), and 

    • a total of 18 months out of the last two years (from when you apply for the loan).

 

Residency requirements during study 

If you live outside Australia during your study, you will no longer be able to get a HELP loan because once you leave Australia, you no longer hold a 'Special Category visa'.

This does not apply if you live outside Australia for the purpose of completing a requirement of that unit (e.g. an overseas exchange or study tour).

If you do not meet ALL of the above requirements, you will not get a HELP loan. 

 

Permanent and temporary residents

Permanent residents can get a subsidised place at a provider, called a CSP. Use the Course Seeker website to search for courses around Australia.

Temporary residents are not able to get a CSP.

Permanent and temporary residents are not able to get HELP loans, except for very specific bridging study courses.

 

Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders

Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders can get both a CSP and a HELP loan if they meet the residency requirements below.

 

Residency requirements during study

If you live outside Australia during your study, you will no longer be able to get a CSP or a HELP loan.

This does not apply if you live outside Australia for the purpose of completing a requirement of that unit (e.g. an overseas exchange or study tour).

If you do not meet ALL the above requirements, you will not get a HELP loan.

 

International students

International students cannot get a HELP loan, and must pay the international student fees set by their provider. 

Ask your provider about financial assistance or scholarships it offers.

Some Australian Government-funded scholarships are also available.

Information for international students who want to study in Australia can be found here.