You could be eligible to access a VET Student Loan to pay your VET tuition fees for a number of Melbourne Polytechnic Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas.
To be an eligible student for the purposes of accessing VET Student Loans, you must meet ALL of these criteria:
If you wish to access a VET Student Loan to study you will need to select one of these eligible courses. A list of VET Student Loan eligible courses is available under ‘Related Downloads’ below.
To avoid incurring a VET Student Loan debt it is important to withdraw before the census date. The census date is set at 20% of the confirmed unit of study commencement date and is listed on the Schedule of VET Tuition Fees. It is important that you check the census date for each unit of study. If you commence a unit of study on a date other than what is listed on the Schedule of VET Tuition Fees, the census date will be automatically set at 20% of the unit from your first attendance date.
Should you wish to withdraw from the course or part of the course you will need to officially request to be withdrawn by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org advising your intention to be withdrawn from either the entire course or part of the course. If you are withdrawing from part of the course only you will need to list the applicable units of study.
In order to avoid a VET Student Loan debt, the email must be received prior to the census date.
Students who have previously withdrawn from an approved course or part of an approved course, will be required to authorise their re-enrolment in writing. This authority will be granted via the Addition to Enrolment form at the time of re-enrolment.
A student’s VET Student Loan balance can be re-credited:
There will be no charge for reconsideration or review of decision other than review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
In the instance where Melbourne Polytechnic intends to cancel a student’s enrolment after the census date, students will be advised in writing by the teaching department and given 28 days to lodge an appeal under Melbourne Polytechnic’s Student Complaints and Appeals Procedure.
The enrolment cancellation will not take effect until the appeals process under the Student Complaints and Appeals Procedure has been exhausted. In the event a student’s appeal is unsuccessful the student will not be entitled to a refund or cancellation of their VET Student Loan debt.
Effective from 1 July 2017, to continue to access a VET student loan, you must demonstrate to the Department of Education and Training that you are a genuine student, continuing with your studies. This student engagement and progression requirement process is part of the increased protections for students accessing the VET Student Loans program.
To demonstrate engagement and to continue to receive the loan, you must complete the ‘VET Student Loans—Confirming enrolment and continued course engagement and participation form’ (the Progression Form) in the eCAF system at least twice each calendar year for the duration of your course. The form asks if you intend to continue studying and accessing a VET student loan, and contains a short survey.
An invitation email with login details to the eCAF system will be sent to you requesting that you indicate your study intent and complete a short survey. If you do not complete the form and survey within the required time, you may be ineligible to continue accessing VET Student Loans to pay for the remainder of your course tuition fees.
You may only apply for re-credit of a VET Student Loan debt if you withdraw from your unit of study after the census date or you have not completed the unit of study requirements. You cannot apply for a re-credit for a unit of study that you have successfully completed. Applications must be submitted within 12 months of the withdrawal date specified on your Withdrawal Form.
An application for re-credit of a VET Student Loan is considered on the basis of special circumstances that:
A 20 percent loan fee will apply to all students who are not eligible for a government funded place under the Skills First Program. This fee will be added to the total VET Student Loan debt. For further information, contact the department directly or for general information on VET Student Loan visit the Study Assist website and download the VET Student Loan Information Booklet.
Important Note: All VET Student Loan amounts incurred on census days between 1 April 2020 to 30 June
2021 will not incur the usual 20 per cent loan fee. Students will not need to do anything for the exemption to be applied. VET Student Loan debt records with
the Australian Taxation Office will automatically reflect the loan fee exemption from early June 2020.