FEE-HELP provides a loan to eligible fee-paying students for part or all of their tuition fees for units of study undertaken with a body which is approved as a higher education provider under Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA). Melbourne Institute of Technology was approved as a Higher Education Provider (HEP) on 11th May 2006.
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Over their lifetime, students are able to use FEE-HELP to pay tuition fees only to the amount of the FEE-HELP limit, which is currently $106,319 (for 2020). That is, repayments do not reset the maximum that can be borrowed. This amount is indexed each year.
A person’s FEE-HELP balance is the amount of the FEE-HELP limit they have not used. The following is not included in a student’s FEE-HELP limit:
("As part of the Higher Education Relief Package, to encourage students to commence or continue study during Semester 2 2020, no student will be charged a FEE-HELP loan fee for units of study with a census date between 1 April and 30 September 2020. The loan fee exemption will be automatically applied when your loan data is submitted by Melbourne Institute of Technology to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment."
Update - Department of Education, Skills and Employment has announced the existing exemptions for Fee-HELP loan fees will be extended unti 30 June, 2021, subject to the passage of legislation. - ref: https://www.dese.gov.au/news/extension-fee-exemption
Note: FEE-HELP loan cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books.
The Government pays the amount of the loan directly to the student's higher education provider.
Students may access their FEE-HELP balance at: https://myhelpbalance.gov.au
To be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study, the:
If you began your current enrolment with a non-university higher education provider on or after 1 January 2018 and apply for FEE-HELP, the 50% pass rate will apply.
This means that once you have undertaken 4 or more units in a sub-bachelor level course, or 8 or more units in bachelor and above level courses, you must have passed at least 50% of your total attempted units in order to remain eligible for FEE-HELP. For example, if you are enrolled in a diploma course and in Trimester 1 you undertake 4 units and fail 3, you will not be eligible to access FEE-HELP in Trimester 2. You would have needed to pass at least 2 units.
Then if in Trimester 2, having paid for your units upfront you undertook another 4 units (8 units in total), you would need to pass 3 of those in order to re-establish your FEE-HELP eligibility in Trimester 3 (i.e. 8 units attempted and 4 passed).
What you need to ensure is that you pass at least 50% of your total attempted units across your course of study. Otherwise you will have to pay the tuition fees upfront until you improve your pass rate.
Note: OUA has its own pass rate requirements in place, where a student must undertake 8 or more units for the pass rate to apply.
To be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study, a person must be:
The HESA Act 2003 is accessible at: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C2004A01234
Students interested in FEE-HELP must read and refer to the following documents and website:
These documents referred to in 1& 2 above are available from Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT) Level 2M, 288 La Trobe Street VIC 3000. MIT enrolment and admission staff is happy to provide further FEE-HELP information.
Students that have met the eligibility requirements and wish to pay for part or all of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP must fully complete a 'Request for FEE-HELP assistance' form [1292(A)]. Students must complete and sign the form and return it to MIT Enrolments and Admissions division by the relevant census date for the units of study that they wish to enrol in. Students must also provide their tax file number (TFN) by the relevant census date.
Generally, only the student receiving the commonwealth assistance is permitted to sign the form. However, MIT may accept a form that has been signed by a person who is exercising a legal power of attorney on behalf of the student. Whether or not a student is a minor does not influence his or her ability to sign the form.
Where MIT is satisfied that an eligible student has made an error in completing the form, MIT will provide the student with an opportunity to correctly complete and sign the form on or before the census date. Where MIT is not satisfied that the details on the form are correct, MIT will attempt to reconcile the differences. Where this is not possible, MIT will reject the form/document and advise the student that the enrolment conditions have not been met.
Eligible students who fail to pay their tuition fees in full or who do not apply for FEE-HELP will jeopardise the status of their enrolment.
MIT must issue a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) to all students who have sought FEE-HELP assistance and are enrolled in a unit of study at MIT. Such notice must be provided to the student by MIT within 28 days of the census date. The CAN is forwarded to the students’ local address.
The CAN provides students with the following information.
When a student believes that the information on the CAN is incorrect, the student may, within 14 days of dispatch of CAN, ask in writing for the CAN to be corrected. Such requests must be in writing and should be addressed to:
Manager Student Services and Engagement,
Melbourne Institute of Technology,
Level 2M, 288 La Trobe Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3000.
Manager Student Services and Engagement,
Melbourne Institute of Technology,
Level 7, 154 Sussex Street,
Sydney NSW 2000.
Student requesting the correction of CAN should specify the particular information the student considers as incorrect and the reasons why it is so considered. Making the CAN correction request does not affect the liability of the student to pay the contribution, nor the student’s entitlement to Commonwealth assistance. Disputes not lodged within 14 days will not be considered.
Failure to dispute an incorrect Commonwealth Assistance Notice results in this fee liability being reported to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
he Department of Education Science and Technology (DEST) allocates a CHESSN to all commonwealth supported students through MIT or tertiary admissions centre. CHESSN enables the monitoring of students’ use of commonwealth assistance.
A students CHESSN is unique and will enable the student to access information on their FEE-HELP balance from the Study Assist website.
MIT must set a census date for each unit of study it provides or proposes to provide during a year. The MIT census dates are published at the following link:
FEE SCHEDULE FOR DOMESTIC STUDENTS
The MIT fee schedule is published at the following link: Tuition fees
Where a student withdraws correctly from a unit of study or course of study on or before the census date he or she will not incur a FEE-HELP debt. MIT will repay to the student any payment of his or her tuition fee made on or before that date.
Students who withdraw from a unit of study or course of study after the census date will incur a FEE-HELP debt for those studies. In the event, after the census date, a student becomes seriously ill or other special circumstances occur and the student is unable to continue their studies, then such students can apply to MIT to have their fee balance re-credited and their FEE-HELP debt removed. Such applications must be made in writing.
A student’s FEE-HELP debt is added to their accumulated HELP debt by the Tax Office. Students repay their accumulated HELP debt through the taxation system once their income is above the minimum threshold for compulsory repayments. Refer to [HESA-S154-25] for current threshold. Students can make voluntary repayments towards their FEE HELP debt at any time to the tax office. Voluntary repayments of $500 or more attract a 5% bonus [HESA-division 151].
To enrol in a unit(s) of study at MIT students must complete an appropriate enrolment form. Students can make an enrolment change by completing the enrolment amendment form. Enrolment amendment form must be lodged with MIT on or before the census date. MIT will not accept any enrolment amendment forms after the census date. Refer to the student handbook at Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
It is MIT’s practice to treat all students fairly. To this end MIT has grievance policies and procedures that are accessible to all its students and all persons seeking to enrol with MIT. Academic grievance procedures and non-academic procedures available at Policies, Procedures and Guidelines