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Important note: Applications for the HECS-HELP Benefit are initiated by the student via the ATO.

The HECS-HELP Benefit will be removed from 1 July 2017. This means that the 2016/17 income year is the last for which a person can claim the HECS-HELP Benefit. However, a person still has two years to lodge their application (late applications will not be accepted).

Income year for which a person is claiming the HECS-HELP Benefit Applications to be lodged with the ATO
2014/15 income year by 30 June 2017
2015/16 income year by 30 June 2018
2016/17 income year by 30 June 2019

It is up to the provider, not the Department of Education and Training or the ATO, to determine if the student's details/ course details are eligible for the HECS-HELP Benefit. This also includes the provider being responsible for deciding whether a student's course can be classified as a 'natural and physical science' course of study as listed under the field of BroadField 01 (opens in a new window).

The HECS-HELP Benefit provides an incentive for graduates of particular courses to take up related occupations or work in specified locations by reducing their compulsory HELP repayments. You may be eligible for the HECS‑HELP Benefit if you have graduated in one of the following fields and fit the listed criteria.

Mathematics, statistics or science

  • Graduated from an undergraduate 'natural and physical science' field of education course (mathematics, science or statistics) after 30 June 2008.
  • Employed in a related occupation, including as a secondary school teacher of these subjects or as a primary school teacher.

Education, nursing or midwifery

  • Graduated from an education, nursing or midwifery course required for initial entry to a teaching or nursing profession after 30 June 2009.
  • Employed as a teacher or nurse/midwife.

Early childhood education

  • Graduated from an early childhood education teaching course.
  • Employed as an early childhood teacher.
  • Employed by a provider of pre-school education or childcare services in a regional or remote area, Indigenous community or area of high socio‑economic disadvantage, as specified in the HECS-HELP Benefit Guidelines (opens in a new window).

Please note that you may be eligible for more than one type of benefit. For example, an early childhood education teacher working in a rural/remote area may be eligible for both the Early Childhood Education HECS-HELP Benefit as well as the Education HECS-HELP Benefit. Applicants need to lodge a separate application for each benefit.

More information about applying for a HECS-HELP Benefit is available on the ATO website (opens in new window).