Vet Student Loans (VSL)

About Vet Student Loans (VSL)

VET Student Loans is a government loan available to help eligible students pay their tuition fees. The loan is issued by the Australian Government to make higher education more accessible, by removing the burden of upfront tuition fees.


VET Student Loans allows you to study now and pay later when you’re earning sufficient income to do so. The VET Student Loans program replaces the old VET FEE-HELP for new students commencing a course after 1 Jan 2017.

Loan Limit

The combined HELP loan limit is a cap on what you can borrow from the Australian Government to cover the costs of your tuition fees. For 2020, the HELP loan limit is $106,319 for most students. For more information on the HELP loan limit visit

Loan Fee

There is no interest charged on HELP debts. The HELP debt is, however, indexed each year. it increases annually to maintain its real value, adjusting in line with changes in the cost of living.

Although the loan does not incur any interest, a 20 per cent loan fee applies to all full fee-paying students. A VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.


You may be eligible for VET Student Loan if you meet all the following requirements:


✓ You are an Australian citizen, a permanent humanitarian visa holder who resides in Australia for the duration of the unit of study for which you are seeking a VET Student Loan or, A New Zealand Citizen who meets the minimum long-term residency requirements.

✓ You are a full fee-paying student, enrolled in an approved VET Student Loans course through an approved VET provider such as Envirotech, and remain enrolled in the unit at the end of the census date.

✓ You have a USI or are otherwise exempt.

✓ You have a tax file number.

✓ You have met the minimum entry requirements by completing one or more of the following:

• Providing a copy of your Australian Year 12 Completion Certificate

• Providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV or higher-level qualification

• Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment and achieve a minimum exit level 3 in Reading and Numeracy. The LLN level required is determined by the Department of Education but administered by Envirotech using the approved LLN tool (BKSB) and is conducted after you enrol into the course. The process is to be conducted with honesty and integrity and the results of the LLN will be communicated in writing. The results may also be requested by the Department, in such circumstances the results will be provided to the Secretary in the form, manner and by the time requested by the Secretary.

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements. A VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid. For more information on VET Student Loans and eligibility view the fact sheets on the Department of Education and Training website.

Approved Courses Under Vet Student Loans (VSL)

Course CodeCourse Name
MSS50122Diploma of Sustainable Operations
SIT50422 & SIT50322Dual Qualification
Diploma of Hospitality Management & Diploma of Event Management


How is a VET Student Loan repaid? The Australian Government pays the amount of the loan direct to a student’s provider for tuition fees. Students make repayments on their loans through the Australian Taxation System for each financial year they earn over the threshold. The threshold changes each year.

For the 2020-21 financial year the threshold is $46,620. The amount you repay each year is calculated as a percentage of your repayment income. It increases and decreases with your income. The repayments range from a minimum of 1% to a maximum of 10% per annum of your taxable income. Foryears in which you earn under the repayment threshold there are no mandatory repayments.


Loan Limit

The Australian Government has limited the courses and number of VET student loan eligible places. If you find a course that suits your career goals and would like to use VET Student Loans to cover your tuition fees, we encourage you to complete your enrolment as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment of missing out.

Students utilizing VET Student Loans may be required to complete an online progression form at various points during their enrolment and to be actively engaged in the course. Not doing so may result in your enrolment being cancelled. The online progression forms inform the Australian Government that you would like to continue to use the VET student loan to pay your tuition fees.

Continued Access to VET Student Loans

To receive continued access to VET Student Loans for the entire course, you must be considered a genuine student for the duration of your studies. Factors determining genuineness include but are not limited to; class attendance, submitted assessments, logins, communication with

Students who are determined to be disengaged or not genuine may be withdrawn from the course. If Envirotech withdraws a student, the student will have no less than 28 days to respond before the cancellation takes effect.


Students utilising VET Student Loans may also be required to verify and confirm their enrolment to the Department of Education. This will be done through online progression forms that will be sent to you at various times during your enrolment. Students must also be actively engaged in the course. Not doing so may result in your enrolment being cancelled.