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Melbourne Polytechnic joins scheme to make study more affordable

05 Oct 2014

Melbourne Polytechnic is participating in a Commonwealth Government trial Scheme to make access to vocational education easier.

The Commonwealth Department of Education is trialling an extension of the VET FEE-HELP income contingent loan scheme to a limited range of Certificate IV Courses.

VET FEE-HELP is a Commonwealth Government loan to cover the cost of all or part of a students’ tuition fees and had previously been available to eligible diploma and advanced diploma students.

The Trial is designed to test the effects of extending the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme on student enrolments, completions and pathways to further education.

Eligible courses offered under the trial scheme at Melbourne Polytechnic include:

  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
  • Certificate IV in Disability

More good news ... no loan fee and no upfront fees

Eligible students accessing a VET FEE-HELP loan via the Certificate IV trial program will not incur a loan fee.

Melbourne Polytechnic has also announced further good news for potential students in order to encourage them to participate in the trial by removing any requirement to pay up-front fees which means eligible students will not be charged additional amenities or materials fees.

Concession fees still available

Concession fees will still apply to eligible Certificate IV level students taking up the VET FEE-HELP option.

More information

To be eligible for the VET FEE-HELP trial at Certificate IV level students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be eligible for a Government Subsidised Place under the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG)
  • Studying a unit/s which end on or before 31 December 2016
  • Are an Australian citizen or permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • Are enrolled on  or before the census date of an eligible unit of study through an approved VET provider
  • Meet tax file number requirements
  • Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.

The trial in Victoria will be for a limited period and concludes on 31 December 2016.

Trial does not extend to full fee-for-service students.

Students wishing to access the Certificate IV VET FEE-HELP trial program at Melbourne Polytechnic should contact 03 9269 1900 or ua.ud1566061142e.tim1566061142n@ses1566061142ruoc1566061142 .

General information on the trial scheme is also available at .


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Media enquiries should be directed to: James Gardener, Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Coordinator 03 9269 1579 or 0413 483 182, ua.ud1566061142e.tim1566061142n@ren1566061142edrag1566061142semaj1566061142 .

Melbourne Polytechnic is an exciting new educational provider operated by parent Institute, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE. Melbourne Polytechnic delivers certificate, diploma and degree programs across a wide range of creative, commercial and service industries. In addition, Melbourne Polytechnic delivers selected higher education programs in conjunction with La Trobe University.

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