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Who do I contact about my HECS debt?

Contact the ATO on 1300 650 225. You will have to advise the ATO of your tax file number (TFN) before they will disclose any personal information to you; or. View your HELP debt online via the myGov website.

Is HECS now called Help?

HECS was absorbed into HELP and the scheme is now referred to as HECS-HELP. The Government also extended the income-contingent loan schemes to domestic students paying full fees (FEE-HELP) and for those studying overseas for one or two semesters (OS-HELP).

Who do I call about help debt?

Telephone: 13 28 61 for information about your HELP account and personal tax topics, Telephone: 13 36 77 TTY or 1300 555 727 TTY for hearing or speech impaired students, or. Mailing address: Australian Taxation Office, PO BOX 1032, ALBURY NSW 2640.

How long does it take for HECS to be approved?

Your application may take up to 28 days to be processed. 3. Once you have received your Tax File Number, send an email including your name, Student Identification Number and Tax File Number to [email protected] must be done by the census date.

Is SA help the same as HECS?

Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)—Australian Government loans that help eligible students pay their student contributions (HECS-HELP), tuition fees (FEE-HELP or VET FEE-HELP/VET Student Loans), overseas study expenses (OS-HELP) or the student services and amenities fee (SA-HELP).

Does HECS debt get written off?

For now, HECS-HELP debt is still written off upon death, but in the future this could be different. Debt Negotiators stay up-to-date with the latest changes to legislation, and can offer impartial advice about HECS loans and other forms of credit.

Is HECS worth paying off?

A car loan, credit card, buy now pay later (BNPL), personal loan, home loan or any other debt usually has higher interest rates and compounds more quickly over time than your student loan. So, if your situation is that you have other debts, you should consider paying these off first.

Can you apply for HECS with bad credit?

Do student loans affect your credit score? HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP loans won’t generally impact on your credit score. That’s because, when it comes to credit reporting, they don’t work in exactly the same way as loans provided by banks.

How do you find out if you are eligible for HECS?


  1. be studying in a Commonwealth supported place.
  2. be an Australian citizen and meet the residency requirements (you must study at least part of your course in Australia)
  3. be a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder or permanent humanitarian visa holder and meet the residency requirements.

Where can I get a HECS HELP loan?

HECS-HELP HECS-HELP is a scheme that assists eligible Commonwealth supported students to pay their student contribution amount with a loan. HECS‑HELP loans are available at all public universities and at a handful of private higher education providers.

What is the purpose of the HECS HELP benefit?

HECS-HELP Benefit. The HECS-Help benefit was created to provide an incentive for graduates in particular fields to pursue industry relevant roles and/or work in specified locations.

What happens if you claim HECS HELP twice?

If you qualify for the benefit twice, and both claims are approved by the ATO, they will pay you the benefit twice for the eligible tax year.

How much does the Australian Tax Office pay for HECS HELP?

Taxpayers who meet the relevant eligibility criteria can apply to the Australian Tax Office for the HECS-HELP benefit and if approved, the ATO will pay a “benefit amount” up to approximately $1,950 per year.