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What is a CHESSN?

A Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) is a personal identification number that are allocated to students during their first application/enrolment process from1 January 2015. 

Your education provider(s) used your CHESSN to report any loan amounts you have used for your studies to the Department.

From 2021, the Australian Government is decommissioning the CHESSN and extending the USI throughout the higher education sector; therefore creating a single student identifier for your entire tertiary education journey. 


Where can I find my CHESSN?

You can find your CHESSN on your Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) given to you by your education provider at the start of each study period. Your education provider will have sent your CAN to your personal or student email address, or made it available to you via your student portal. 

If you can't find your CAN, you can contact the student administrations area of your education provider. 


Can still use your CHESSN to keep track of your HELP balance?

You can still use your CHESSN to access the myHELPbalance portal to keep track of your loan usage (how much more HELP or VSL assistance you can receive before you reach the HELP limit).

If you are a continuing student, you should get your USI as soon as possible. From 2023, all students , old or new, Australian or international, must have a USI to be able to graduate and receive their qualification or statement of attainment.

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