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Support for Paying Fees - Domestic Students

FEE-HELP (Domestic Students only)

The Australian Government FEE-HELP loan scheme assists domestic students or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa with tuition fees. It is available to LCI Melbourne’s eligible degree students. Find out more about FEE-HELP or visit the Government's Study Assist website. New Zealand applicants should refer to New Zealand - Study Assist.

Applying for FEE-HELP 

If you wish to apply for FEE-HELP you will need a copy of the current FEE-HELP booklet and application form, available from the LCI Melbourne Student Services Office or from the Government's Study Assist website. Read these documents carefully and be clear about your obligations regarding the loan and its repayment.

Check the census dates for the units in which you have enrolled. Census date is typically two weeks after the start of Trimester, but exact dates are listed on the Academic Calendar. The census date is the closing date for new FEE-HELP applications.

Return your completed application form to the Student Services Office. You must include your tax file number (TFN) or a certificate of application for a TFN in your application and provide evidence of your FEE-HELP eligibility (e.g. your passport, birth certificate or visa). Your evidence will be photocopied and certified and the original document returned to you.

Applying for a Re-credit of FEE-HELP Balance and Removal of FEE-HELP Debt

If you withdraw from your studies after the census date you can apply to have your FEE-HELP balance re-credited (and hence the removal of FEE-HELP debt incurred). For an application to be successful, LCI Melbourne must be satisfied that special circumstances apply to you, the student, that (a) were beyond your control (b) did not make their full impact on you until on or after the census date for the unit of study in question and (c) were such that they made it impracticable for you to complete the unit/s of study requirements.

You must make your application to LCI Melbourne within 12 months of your withdrawal date unless LCI Melbourne is satisfied that it was not possible for you to apply within the time limit and grants you an extension. For further information about applying, contact the Administration Office.

LCI Melbourne will make a decision on your application within 15 working days. If you are dissatisfied with that decision you may apply for a review. A document explaining the review procedure is available from the Administration Office.

To find out more visit the Government's Study Assist website. * New Zealand applicants please refer to New Zealand - Study Assist.

FEE-HELP and Withdrawing from Units

If you have not paid tuition fees and have requested FEE-HELP assistance and you withdraw from units after the applicable census date, you will incur a debt to the Australian Government.

Paying Annual Fee Upfront

LCI Melbourne can arrange a payment plan for students who prefer to pay fees upfront. For details about your eligibility and terms, contact the Student Services team.

Government Assistance

The Department of Human Services (incorporating Centrelink) provides benefits for eligible students. Visit www.humanservices.gov.au or call 13 24 90 for details.

A number of other state and federal agencies can provide financial assistance to students. Visit studyassist.gov.au and www.education.gov.au for details.

Bank Loans

The major banks offer student loans. See bank websites or your local branch for details.