Study Assistance

The StudyAssist website(External website, Opens in new window) provides information to students about Australian Government support for tertiary study, including information about subsidised fees and government loans.

Support for those impacted by COVID-19


The Australian Government’s Higher Education Relief Package is designed to assist workers who have been displaced as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and are looking to upskill or retrain. Supports include:

  • discounted student courses fee for short online courses (Undergraduate Certificates and Graduate Certificates) in fields of national priority such as teaching, health, science, and information technology that are offered from May 2020
  • exemptions from loan fees under FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans are available.

For further information read the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations higher education FAQ(External website, Opens in new window).

View discounted short courses on Course Seeker(External website, Opens in new window).

Information about other key Government initiatives supporting Australian higher education can be found at StudyAssist(External website, Opens in new window).


Help with living expenses


You can apply for payments to assist with living expenses while you are studying:

Higher education students receiving student payments could also be eligible for the Student Start-up Loan and/or the Relocation Scholarship(External website, Opens in new window).

Use Services Australia’s Payment and Service Finder(External website, Opens in new window) to see which payment(s) you could get while you study. You can also check Services Australia's guide to payments(External website, Opens in new window).