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Applying for a VET Student Loan

Getting ready to apply

You can express your interest in applying for a VET Student Loan at any time after being offered a place in your course, however you will not be issued with an official loan agreement (Electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form, or eCAF) until you have enrolled into your course. 

Applying for a VET Student Loan does not act as an acceptance of an offer of a place in your course.

You may choose to wait until you have enrolled into your course before commencing the loan application process, however this may reduce the amount of time you have to finalise your application depending on your earliest census dates.

Before lodging your application, you will need you have your citizenship and educational attainment documents (and Parental Consent Form (284 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab) if applicable) ready to upload or deliver to a campus. Please note that documents supplied to TAFE Admissions to apply for your course are not made available to VET Student Loan staff, so you may need to provide copies of documents that have been supplied in previous processes.

Providing the correct supporting documentation is the responsibility of the student. Due to the volume of applications received, applications are assessed in the order in which they are received and delays caused by insufficient documentation are the responsibility of the student, and may result in some or all fees being ineligible to be placed on a loan if administrative or census dates are not met.

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements.

Applying for a VET Student Loan

1. Documentation 

Students will need to provide the following documents with their application.

Australian citizenship requirements: 

  • Current Australian Passport  
  • Australian Citizenship Certificate
  • Full Australian Birth Certificate*

*Students born on or after 20 of August 1986 with both parents born outside of Australia will need to provide proof of one or both parents Australian Citizenship Certificate on or before their date of birth. 

New Zealand citizenship requirements:

  • Meet the Commonwealth's eligibility requirements** 
  • Provide current New Zealand passport or provide full birth certificate 
  • Complete a statutory declaration, stating you meet the Commonwealth's requirements 
  • Provide an Immigration Movement Records form prior to the course first census date 

**For New Zealand Citizen eligibility requirements please visit Study Assist(opens in a new tab) .  

Permanent Humanitarian visa holder:

  • Provide current passport with humanitarian visa details

Educational loan entrance documents:

  • Australian Year 12 Senior Education Certificate issued from a governing body or agency, or
  • A Certificate IV or higher in an Australian Qualification Framework or equivalent (when the course was delivered in English), or
  • Sit an approved literacy and numeracy test achieving an exit level 3 or higher in both. 
  • Achieved an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Additional Identification documentation:

  • Australian Drivers License
  • Proof of Age Card
  • Medicare Card
  • Centrelink Concession card   

2. Application form  

Complete the online application form by clicking on the below button. 

Application form (opens in a new tab)

3. Enrol 

Enrol into your course and advise the enrolling officer you have applied for a VET Student Loan. Please note that submission of a VET Student Loan Application will not act as an enrolment confirmation. You must still enrol into your course regardless of your chosen payment option. If you are not deemed eligible for a VET Student Loan by your administrative dates, and have not made alternative payment arrangements, your enrolment at South Metropolitan TAFE will be cancelled. VET Student Loan Officers will follow up for further documents if required. 

4. eCAF submission

No less than two business days after enrolling, but may take up to two weeks during peak periods you will be sent an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) this is an online form which will register your VET Student Loan with the Commonwealth and must be submitted by your administrative dates.