Student loans

A student loan can help you pay for your study.

Student loans and allowances are administered by StudyLink. If you want to apply for a student loan you need to contact them when you apply to enrol with us. We cannot confirm your enrolment, or give access to or send your course materials until your fees have been paid.

Student loans at a glance – Studylink website (opens in new window)

Trimester courses

For a trimester based course make sure you apply for a student loan at least four weeks before the trimester starts.

Studying trimester courses part-time

If you are studying part-time (less than three courses/60 credits over one trimester or five courses /100 credits over two trimesters) your fees may be paid by student loan. The minimum requirement is normally either:

  • two 20 credit courses in one trimester, or
  • one 20 credit course per trimester over two consecutive trimesters.

You are not eligible to borrow course related costs to cover additional study expenses such as textbooks or workshops.

Studying trimester courses full-time

If you are studying full-time (a minimum of three courses/60 credits over one trimester or five courses/100 credits over two trimesters):

  • your fees can be paid by student loan
  • you will be eligible to borrow course related costs.

If you are a full-time student receiving a student loan with living costs or a student allowance, you will need to meet your coursework requirements and send in work regularly. StudyLink requires us to notify them if you are not working in your courses.

Open course enrolment

When you enrol in an open course you will have a study period of up to 32 weeks to complete your study.

Your StudyLink student loan contract will be valid for 52 weeks (one year). For each loan contract you must pay a StudyLink administration fee. To re-enrol without having to take out a new loan contract (and pay a new administration fee) you need to re-enrol with us within the first 20 weeks of your study so that any new courses fit within the 52 week period.

Studying open courses part-time
If you are studying an open course part-time (less than 100 credits per 52 week StudyLink contract):

  • your fees can be paid by student loan
  • you will not be eligible to borrow course related costs.

How long will my student loan take to process?
For information about when your loan will be processed contact StudyLink.

During February and June they receive high numbers of applications, so it may take them longer to process your student loan. If you are concerned contact them.

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