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OS-HELP Loan Policy

Section 1 - Summary

(1) This Policy outlines the eligibility requirements for the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) at Victoria University that are compliant with the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

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Section 2 - Scope

(2) This Policy applies to eligible full-time Commonwealth Supported (CSP) higher education students who study at an approved institution overseas.

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Section 3 - Definitions

(3) Student Exchange

(4) Study Abroad

(5) Study Tour

(6) OS-HELP

(7) EFTSL

(8) CSP

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Section 4 - Policy Statement

(9) OS-HELP is available to eligible full-time Commonwealth Supported (CSP) higher education students who study at an approved institution overseas via the following programs:

  1. Student Exchange;
  2. Study Abroad;
  3. Study Tour.

(10) Current loan amounts can be found on the Australian Government Study Assist website.

Part A - Eligibility for the OS-HELP Loan

(11) Students are eligible for one loan per six month study period and a maximum of two six month periods.

(12) To be entitled to OS-HELP assistance for a six month study period overseas, students must:

  1. Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa;
    1. New Zealand Special Category Visa holders may be eligible to access HELP loans provided they came to Australia as a dependent child and meet the relevant residency criteria.
  2. Not have received an OS-HELP Loan on more than one other occasion;
  3. Be enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported course of study;
  4. Have already completed at least 1.0 equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) of study that counts towards their course (96 credit points), as a Commonwealth supported student.
  5. Be receiving credit or placement hours for the course of study in which they are enrolled with Victoria University;
  6. Be outside Australia while undertaking the study;
  7. Still have at least 0.125 EFTSL of study to complete in their course (12 credit points), on return from overseas study;
  8. Supply their Tax File Number;
  9. Complete an OS-HELP loan application form and an OS-HELP debt confirmation form;
  10. Be selected by Victoria University to receive an OS-HELP loan.
  11. Not have been granted an OS-HELP loan by another provider for an overlapping six month study period;

(13) Students are eligible for additional funds if studying in Asia, and if undertaking Asian language study in preparation for study in Asia.

(14) To be eligible for OS-HELP assistance for an Asian language related to overseas studies in Asia, students must:

  1. Not be receiving credit for their Asian language studies. The language study must be aimed at assisting students in their main overseas course in an Asian country;
  2. Commence the language study prior to the start of their main overseas course;
  3. Be applying for OS-HELP assistance for their main overseas course in addition to the OS-HELP language subsidy;
  4. Not have received an OS-HELP language subsidy on more than one other occasion;
  5. Provide the details of the language they will be studying, course commencement and end date to Victoria University.

Appeals

(15) Students who are not selected for a loan may appeal the decision as per the Student Appeals Procedure

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Section 5 - Procedures

(16) OS-HELP Loan Procedure

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Section 6 - Guidelines

(17) Nil.

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Section 7 - Supporting Documents and Information

(18) Higher Education Support Act 2003 - OS-HELP Guidelines 2013

(19) OS-HELP Loan Application Form

(20) Student Appeals Procedure