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HECS-HELP Discount

An amount of student contribution paid by the Commonwealth when an eligible Commonwealth supported student pays all or $500 or more of their student contribution on or before the census date. This is one form of HECS‑HELP assistance.

Amendments to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) passed Parliament in December 2015. These amendments removed the HECS‑HELP discount for Commonwealth supported students who pay their student contributions up front from 1 January 2016.


This glossary item applies to the collection types:
  • Higher Education Student Collection