Tuition Protection Service - Higher Education

HELP Student Overview

Waiver of the 2020 Domestic TPS Levies

On 30 September 2020, the Minister for Education and the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business announced the waiver of the 2020 HELP Tuition Protection Levy and the 2020 VSL Tuition Protection Levy, in support of the Covid-19 economic recovery.

For more information, please see the Ministers' press release, click here.

COVID-19 Information

The TPS understands that the current COVID-19 situation may be concerning for some students and providers. Providers and students are encouraged to stay up-to-date on current advice, and consider flexible approaches to support the continuity of education and training delivery.

Information for students and providers about COVID-19 is available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment's website.

Tuition Protection Arrangements for HELP Students

'Tuition protection' refers to the protections and assistance available to support FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP (HELP) students, VET Student Loans (VSL) students and international students, in the event that their education provider defaults (ceases delivering a course or closes entirely).

This page contains information about tuition assurance for HELP students at private providers. In the event of a course or provider default, HELP students will be assisted to continue their studies with a replacement provider in an equivalent or similar course or receive a loan re-credit for the units of study they had received a HELP loan for and were undertaking when their provider defaulted.

Further information for students is available on the Higher Education FAQs page.


If you are a VET student or provider, and would like information about tuition protection, please visit the VET TPS page.

If you are an international student or international education provider, and would like information about the Tuition Protection Service, please visit the International Student TPS Page.

Further information for students is available on the Higher Education FAQs page.