You must meet the following criteria to apply for a VET Student Loan:

  • Be enrolled in an eligible course of study* with South Metropolitan TAFE. 
  • Citizenship / Residency Requirements
    • Australian Citizen,
    • Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder
    • or a New Zealand Citizen Special Category Visa holder**;
  • Educational loan entrance requirements:
    • completed an Australian Year 12 Senior Education Certificate issued from a Governing body or Agency, in Western Australia this would be your Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), or
    • achieved a Certificate IV or higher in an Australian Qualification Framework or equivalent and this course was delivered in English, or
    • achieved an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, or
    • sit an approved Numeracy and Literacy assessment;
  • Have a Tax File Number

If you do not have a TFN you can apply for one online via the Australian Tax Office website. Please note you will be able to upload your Certificate of Application when completing your eCAF, however South Metropolitan TAFE will require your TFN by your first census date to be eligible for a loan;

  • Have a Unique Student Identifier (USI);
  • Have not exceeded your HELP loan limit;
  • have activated your electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) after your two day cooling off period and before your administrative dates 
  • Students who are under 18 years of age will require a parent or guardian to sign the Commonwealth’s request for a VET Student Loan – Parental Consent form.

Evidence of legal parent / guardianship must be provided at time of loan lodgement. For example, birth certificate of the parent / guardian or a Medicare card that consists of the parent and child's name.

  • Read and understand the VET Student Loans booklet which can be found on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.  
  • Confirm your engagement and progression to continue access to VET Student Loan throughout your course

* Course eligibility is set by the Federal Government and limited to courses that have a high national priority, meet industry needs, contribute to addressing skills shortages and align with strong employment outcomes.

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

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