OS-HELP is a generous Australian Government Loan scheme that allows eligible Australian university students to access up to A$8,930 to study overseas (amounts as of January 2017). The OS-HELP loan is applied to the student's HECS and standard conditions apply. Students should visit the Australian Government Study Assist website for more information about HECS-HELP and OS-HELP, or contact CISaustralia.
Recent changes to the way OS-HELP is being administered have been beneficial to Australian students.
Key elements of OS-HELP include:
- OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place who want to undertake some of their study overseas
- Students can borrow up to $7,880 for studies within Asia, and an additional $1,050 if students undertake Asian language studies in preparation for studies in Asia
- Students can borrow up to $6,567 (for studies outside of Asia)
- Ultimately, the amount students can borrow using an OS-HELP loan is determined by their university in accordance with the OS-HELP policy
- OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfare, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses
- Students may receive one loan per six-month study period and can access a total of two OS-HELP loans over their lifetime
- The type of overseas study for which you may be able to receive OS-HELP assistance could include semester, short-course study programs, clinical placements and internships
OS-HELP Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility requirements can be updated from time to time by the Australian Government, so it is recommended students refer to the Study Assist website for a comprehensive guide to OS-HELP. Generally students would normally be eligible for OS-HELP if they meet the following requirements:
- you are an Australian citizen or permanent humanitarian visa holder
- you are enrolled with an Australian provider (university) as a Commonwealth supported student and have completed one equivalent full-time student load, which is usually one year of full-time study
- you are enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course with an Australian university
- your overseas study counts towards your current enrolled course requirements
- you will have one course of study left to complete (back in Australia) once you have finished your overseas study
- you have a tax file number (TFN) or provide a ‘Certificate of Application for a TFN’
How do you apply?
Students should contact CISaustralia or their university's International Office for more detailed information on OS-HELP.
You must apply to your higher education provider for an OS-HELP loan. Each university runs its own application and selection process. Students should contact CISaustralia or their university's International Office for more detailed information on OS-HELP.