Student Start-up Loan

Approved courses

You must be studying a Student Start-up Loan approved course to be eligible for the loan.

These are different to approved courses for other student payments.

Your course is a Student Start-up Loan approved course if:

  • you study it at a higher education institution, for example a university, and
  • it’s an accredited higher education course, for example a bachelor degree, or
  • it’s a preparatory course, for example a bridging course

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, aren’t approved for the Student Start-up Loan.

Most courses at a TAFE are VET courses and aren’t approved. The exception is accredited higher education courses studied at TAFE.

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Page last updated: 31 January 2019