VET Student Loans
SEDA Group has approval to offer approved courses under the VET Student Loans program from 1st January 2017 to 30th June 2017 and therefore can offer VET Student Loans to eligible students during this period. The SIS50612 Diploma of Sport Development is an approved course.
What is VET Student Loans?
VET Student Loans are a loan from the Commonwealth Government, available to assist eligible students studying the SIS50612 Diploma of Sport Development with SEDA Group to pay their tuition fees. You do not have to use a VET Student loan to pay your tuition fees. You can choose to pay all your tuition fees, or you can use a VET Student loan for the total or partial amount of your tuition fees (eligibility criteria apply).
- The loan will remain as a personal debt obligation until it is repaid to the Commonwealth;
- The loan may affect (by reducing) the person’s take-home (after tax) wage or salary until the debt is repaid, and may affect the borrowing capacity of the person until the debt is repaid to the Commonwealth;
- A VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid;
- The signed Request for VET Student Loan ECAF form applies to a loan for the entire VET course of study, charged on a unit by unit basis, unless the student pays some of the tuition fees;
- Census dates will apply to each VET units of study in which the person enrols, with the student taking out a loan for any tuition fees that remain unpaid at the end of each census date;
- A student may cancel their enrolment by:
- Withdrawing from each VET unit of study on or before the census date; and
- In accordance with SEDA Group’s withdrawal processes
- Withdrawal will result in the student not incurring a VET Student Loan debt; and / or receiving a refund for any up-front tuition fee payments made on or before the census dates;
- A student may wish to seek independent financial advice prior to applying for a VET Student Loan;
- The student may be required during the course to communicate his or her agreement that the Commonwealth continue to use the VET student loan to pay tuition fees for the course.
In 2017, the VET Student Loan limit is $100,879 for most students.
How much are the SIS50612 Diploma of Sport Development tuition fees?
For tuition fee amounts please click here. SEDA Group’s maximum loan amount for the SIS50612 Diploma of Sport Development is $10,000. The amount of the VET student loan with SEDA Group cannot be more than the student’s remaining FEE-HELP balance.
Is there a loan fee?
A 20% loan fee applies to VET Student Loans for full fee paying / fee for service students. The loan fee does not count towards your FEE-HELP limit. You do not have to pay the loan fee upfront – it is reported by your provider and is added to your HELP debt at the ATO.
What is a census date and when are they scheduled?
A census date is defined as: A date by which enrolment may be cancelled without incurring tuition fees for the course or a part of the course is a census day. The census date is the most important date for you to remember for each unit of study in the SIS50612 Diploma of Sport Development. The census date is the last day you can submit your Request for VET Student Loan ECAF form and withdraw your enrolment in the course or part of the course without incurring the cost or VET Student Loan debt. Students will receive a refund of any tuition fees already paid for the course or part of the course if they withdraw on or prior to the census date. To view your census dates click here. For more information regarding withdrawing from the course, click here.
What is a VET unit of study and course of study?
A VET unit of study is one or more units of competency. VET units of study make up the course of study for the SIS50612 Diploma of Sport Development. Each VET unit of study will be across a specified number of fee periods and each fee period will contain a census date.
When do I start paying back the loan?
Your VET Student Loan debt becomes part of your accumulated HELP debt. The compulsory repayment threshold is adjusted each year. The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2016-2017 income year is $54,869.
Repayment income is calculated from the amounts given on your income tax return for:
- your taxable income;
- reportable fringe benefits (reported on your payment summary);
- total net investment loss (which includes net rental loss);
- reportable super contributions; and
- exempt foreign employment income amounts.
Repayments made through the Australian taxation system are called compulsory repayments and continue until you have repaid your whole debt.
Am I eligible for VET Student Loan with SEDA Group?
For eligibility requirements please refer to the 2017 VET Student Loans Information Booklet. Your eligibility will be assessed as part of the SEDA Group Course Application Form. Eligibility evidence and supporting documents must be presented to SEDA Group with your application. A VET Student Loan will not be approved by SEDA Group for any students who do not meet eligibility requirements.
How do I apply for a VET Student Loan?
To apply for VET Student Loan for the SIS50612 Diploma of Sport Development with SEDA Group, please complete the Course Application Form on our website and email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or during the SEDA Group information session. To apply for a VET Student Loan you must complete the Request for a VET Student Loan eCAF by the census date.
A student must first enrol into the Diploma qualification and SEDA Group will then give the Department your enrolment information, including the nearest applicable census date, through the electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) system. The student will then receive an email from the department allowing them to sign into the eCAF system. Students must verify the information and complete the mandatory fields before submitting the form.
The VET Student Loans scheme has a cooling off period of two business days between when the student enrols in a course and when they can submit their eCAF for that course. The waiting period is two business days after enrolment.
Retrospective access to VET Student Loans is not allowed under any circumstances.
Where to after my Course Application Form?
- If your Course Application Form is approved by the SEDA Group RTO Manager, and you have successfully enrolled into the SIS50612 Diploma of Sport Development, a three day (business days) cooling off period applies before you can apply for VET Student Loan.
- Students under the age of 18 will require their parent or guardian to sign a Request for VET Student Loan ECAF form to apply for VET Student Loans.
- On successful completion of the VET Student Loans enrolment process you will be issued with a welcome letter.
- SEDA Group will also issue you with your VET Student Loan Fee Notice, no less than 14 days before the census date. This is so you know exactly how much debt you have before the census date so you can have enough time to withdraw from the course before the census date, should you want to, without incurring a VET Student Loans
- After each census date you will also receive a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) for each unit of study with a census date within 28 days of the relevant census date. The Commonwealth Assistance Notice is a statement, not an invoice or a request for payment and includes important information about your enrolment. This will confirm your debt you have incurred or student contribution amounts you have paid, and any loan fee you may have incurred.
Does SEDA Group have Tuition Assurance?
SEDA Group has tuition assurance with the Australian Council for Private Education and training (ACPET). For more information, click here.
Where can I find more information on VET Student Loans?
The following information is important for individuals enrolling in vocational education and training (VET) and wish to access a VET Student Loan:
- Schedule of Tuition Fees and census dates
- SEDA Group’s policies and procedures
- Student forms
- Loan repayments
- FEE-HELP limit