Vet student loans
Australian Child Care Career Options (ACCCO) Pty Ltd is an approved provider under the VET Student Loan Scheme, commencing 01 January 2018!
- Provider number 7488
- Provider number 7488
For complete information about VSL, also refer to the Department of Education’s website: VET Student Loans Website or contact the HELP Student Enquiry at 1800 020 108, or email VET Student Loans or download the booklet.
Important information about VSL is summarised below.
VSL is an Australian Government loan program that helps eligible students enrolled in approved higher level vocational education and training (VET) at approved training providers pay their tuition fees. Before applying for a VSL, students need to consider the following facts:
The loan is issued by the Australian Government to make higher education more accessible, by removing the burden of upfront tuition fees. Ongoing access to a VET Student Loan is dependent upon the student demonstrating that they are still engaged in and progressing through their qualification.
The VET Student Loans Scheme pays eligible students’ tuition fees, covering up to $10,000* per approved qualification. This means
students can focus on their career and repay the Australian Government loan when their income is higher than the minimum
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) calculates and adjusts repayments each year. Students can also make voluntary repayments to the ATO. Best of
all, there is no interest charged on VET Student Loans, however a 20% loan fee does apply for full fee paying students.
This Commonwealth Government program allows students to access loans for qualifications that:
The loan applies to approved qualifications at a Diploma level or above. The Study
has detailed information about VET Student Loan debts and repayments. Prospective students can also refer to the VET
Student Loans Information Booklet
for more information.
ACCCO is an approved provider under the VET Student Loan Scheme from the 1st January 2018. Eligible students can only access VET Student Loans for approved qualifications.
VET Student Loans are available for the approved qualification CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care offered through ACCCO.
Eligibility is determined upon set criteria, determined by the Commonwealth Government. Eligible students may access VET Student Loans to study an approved VSL course at an approved VSL provider. To be eligible for a VSL loan, a person must provide evidence to ACCCO of the following:
Further eligibility requirements include:
Before a student can access VET Student Loans, ACCCO must also determine if they have the ability to undertake the qualification. To be assessed as academically suitable, students must either:
The amount a student can borrow on a VET Student Loan cannot exceed their remaining FEE-HELP balance or exceed the loan limit set for each qualification (refer to capped amounts specified below). The amounts which can be borrowed for eligible qualifications offered by ACCCO are :
|CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care||$8,400 *capped at $10,000|
Fees for qualifications eligible for VET Student Loans are charged by Units of Study. Payments will be spread across the duration of the
qualification. For every Unit of Study in the qualification, there is a Census Date as outlined in the VET Student Loans Schedule.
VET Student Loans will be debited for any tuition fees that remain unpaid after choosing to continue after each census date. If students choose to withdraw from a Unit of Study prior to the Census date, there will be no tuition fee for this unit added to their loan.
Please click on the ACCCO VSL Withdrawal Procedure to read more about the withdrawal process.
Students will be sent an Invoice Notice 14 days before each census day, indicating the fees and census dates. The debt is incurred on the day after the census day. After a census day has passed, ACCCO will also send students a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) for that Unit of Study. The CAN will provide students with information about the debt, including the loan fee if applicable. If students believe their CAN is incorrect, they should contact ACCCO immediately.
Students can access the ACCCO Census Dates for study periods via the following link - Study Schedules with census dates.
In summary regarding Census dates, ACCCO will:
VET Student Loans will remain as a personal debt in the student's name until it is repaid to the Commonwealth Government via the Australian Taxation Office. The loan may, until it is repaid, reduce the after-tax wage or salary, and may reduce the student's borrowing capacity. Repaying the Government's loan is required when the income reaches the repayment threshold. The income threshold can be found at www.studyassist.gov.au. As with any loan, students may wish to seek independent financial advice before they take out a VET Student Loans.
From 1 July 2017, to continue to access a VET student loan, students must demonstrate to the Department of Education and Training that they are a genuine student, continuing with their studies. Ongoing access to a VET Student Loans is dependent upon students demonstrating they are still engaged in and progressing through their qualification.
To demonstrate engagement and to continue to receive a loan, students must complete the 'VET Student Loans - Confirming enrolment and continued course engagement and participation' form in the eCAF system at least twice each calendar year - around February, June and October - for the duration of their qualification.
The form asks if students intend to continue studying and accessing a VET student loan, and contains a short survey. This student engagement and progression requirement process is part of the increased protection for students accessing the VET Student Loans program.
Please note: If students do not confirm their continuing engagement and participation using the Progression Form, they may be
ineligible to continue accessing a VET student loan for the rest of their tuition fees.
Once you have made the decision to apply for a qualification, you will need to complete an online enrolment form. There will be an option to choose Vet Student Loans under payment options.
Please see attached eCAF Flow Diagram provided by The Australian Government, detailing the application and progression process for the student.
All students wishing to apply for a Commonwealth VET Student Loans must be assessed for academic suitability to undertake a high level VET qualification. This is aimed at ensuring students have the skills and knowledge to succeed in their qualification.
Academic assessment is in addition to any other entry requirements, or any other additional selection criteria as stipulated in the Student Handbook, or qualification information published on our website.
There are no age restrictions to apply for VET Student Loans. Students under 18 must complete one of the following requirements:
A student's parent or guardian will not be responsible for making loan repayments and it will not affect their credit rating.
If you have any questions or need additional information please visit the links below, or contact VET Student Loans Department of Education and Training HELP Student Enquiry line via email VETStudentLoans@education.gov.au or by phoning 1800 020 108.
A new VET Student Loans Ombudsman has been established, and from 1 July 2017 complaints about VET FEE-HELP debts and VET Student Loan debts
will be handled by the new VET Student Loans Ombudsman. The VET Student Loans Ombudsman is part of the broader Commonwealth
Ombudsman’s office. The Ombudsman is separate from the Department and has its own legal powers to investigate and deal with
complaints. More information about the Commonwealth Ombudsman is available at www.ombudsman.gov.au/VSLO.
Please note, the Ombudsman will normally not commence an investigation of a complaint unless the student has first tried to resolve their complaint with their qualification provider. If the student has not done so, the Ombudsman will advise the student to raise their complaint with their provider in the first instance.
Please refer to our Complaints and Appeals Policy available on our website
for more information regarding complaints and appeals.