About Commonwealth Assistance
You may be eligible for government assistance to help you with the costs of studying at UNSW.
- Find out more about Commonwealth Assistance. You may be eligible for a Centrelink payment to help with living expenses while you are studying e.g. Austudy, Abstudy, Youth Allowance, Pensioner Education Supplement, or Student Start-up Loan.
- Confirm your identity with Centrelink for Youth Allowance or Austudy.
If you have a Commonwealth Supported Place, HECS-HELP supports you with a loan that will cover any unpaid portion of your Student Contribution charge.
- Read about HECS-HELP and how it works
- To apply for HECS-HELP, complete the ‘Request for Commonwealth Support and HECS-HELP’ form, which is part of the online acceptance and enrolment process. You can also get the form from The Nucleus: Student Hub. You must submit the form by the census date.
- Your unpaid portion of your student contribution charges will automatically be deferred to HECS-HELP after the census date of your enrolment, as long as you have met the eligibility criteia.
- Most domestic postgraduate students pay tuition fees, however Postgraduate Commonwealth support is available for some programs.
- Find answers to common HECS-HELP questions in the Fees FAQ.
If you do not have a Commonwealth Supported Place, FEE-HELP is a loan you can use (if eligible) to pay all or part of your tuition fees.
- Read about FEE-HELP and how it works.
- To apply for FEE-HELP, complete the online FEE-HELP application form via myUNSW (My Student Profile tab > My Student Services > Financials > Commonwealth Govt. Forms). You will need your Tax File Number (TFN).
SA-HELP is a separate loan to help you pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). If you are eligible for HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP, you are eligible for SA-HELP.
- Find out about SA-HELP.
OS-HELP is a government loan to help you pay for study and expenses overseas if you have a Commonwealth Supported Place and meet the residency requirements. You can get OS-HELP even if you are also getting HECS-HELP. OS-HELP will be added to your total HELP debt.
- Find out about OS-HELP.
Other financial assistance
You may also be eligible for financial support and assistance from other sources.