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How do I apply for VET Student Loans?

To apply for VET Student Loans you must first enrol with your provider and indicate you wish to access VET Student Loans. Your provider will then give the department your enrolment information, including the nearest applicable census day, through the electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) system.

You will then receive an email from the department allowing you to sign into the eCAF system. Once you sign-in, you will need to verify the pre-populated information and complete the mandatory fields. You can then submit the eCAF, which will cause the system to email you a copy of your completed form. You should keep this form for your records.

In exceptional circumstances, you may be permitted to use a paper loan request form or other electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form developed by your provider. Your provider will advise you how to apply using these forms.

If you do not complete the eCAF, or other permitted form, by the required date for your course, you will have to wait until the next part of your course/unit, next semester or trimester to request VET Student Loans for future study. Retrospective access to VET Student Loans is not allowed under any circumstances.

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Where do I find out more information about VET Student Loans?

All students must read the information booklet for VET Student Loans when applying for VET Student Loans. This booklet is available online only at: https://docs.education.gov.au/node/42391 (opens in a new window).

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