Long Term Loans are available to assist enrolled students with study related expenses and meeting unexpected costs. Generally, these interest-free loans are used to assist with accommodation and living costs (including rent or board), course related costs and any other necessary expenses.
The following information forms part of the terms and conditions of a long term loan. The full terms and conditions are outlined in the student loan contract and guarantee. These are provided to you if your loan is approved and are discussed during your appointment with an advisor.
Interest rates and loan amounts
Loans are interest free. Students can apply for up to $5000, subject to approval.
Long Term Loans require a suitable guarantor. A guarantor is a person who undertakes to repay the loan if the borrower is unable to repay the amount.
The applicant will be required to nominate a guarantor who is:
- over 21 years of age, and
- a citizen or permanent resident of Australia (for international students, an overseas guarantor or non-citizen may be considered), and
- financially able to guarantee the repayment of your loan (i.e. has a suitable income or assets). Proof of the Guarantor's income, or assets will be required.
Who can be a Guarantor?
Who cannot be a Guarantor?
- Spouse/de facto or housemate
- Current debtors with outstanding long-term student loans
- Staff members of the University or affiliated colleges
- Students (from any university or tertiary institution)
Applications for Long Term Loans are assessed by the Student Loans Fund Committee on the basis of financial need. Particular consideration is given to:
- personal income and expenditure
- how the loan will assist the applicant to participate in their studies
- parental/family income - (for students less than 22 years of age)
- academic results and course progress will also be taken into consideration
Loans are repaid in monthly instalments by BPay, cheque or money order by the due date as set out in the repayment schedule.
Student and guarantor are Australian Citizens or permanent residents of Australia
A monthly repayment schedule will be determined by the Committee. The repayment of the loan commences after the completion (or withdrawal) from the applicant's current course. Early voluntary repayments can be made at any time.
The maximum loan amount is $5000.
Student and guarantor are not Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia
It is recognised that international students who have been in Australia for only a short time may have difficulties finding an Australian guarantor. In such cases an appropriate guarantor from the student's home country will be considered. Repayment may commence immediately, and the loan must be fully repaid by the agreed date prior to the completion (or withdrawal) from the current course.
The maximum loan amount is $3000 (some exceptions apply).
In some cases, the Committee may approve a loan on the condition that an early repayment date is set (for example, by a date later in the current year).
You will receive email notification about the outcome of your loan application within 3 business days after the Committee meeting. If your application is approved, you will be emailed loan contracts that you will need to complete and return to Financial Aid. Scanned and faxed copies are not accepted.
If your application is unsuccessful, you may appeal the decision by providing additional information to the Committee in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, and request a reconsideration of your application.
Collecting cheque for amount approved
You will receive email notification once the cheque for the loan is ready for you to collect. Please allow 3 business days from the time your contracts are received by the Financial Aid Office.
If you are unable to collect the cheque in person, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
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How to Apply
To apply for a long term loan, students are required to:
- Students must complete the Long Term Loan application form.
- Provide a copy of each of the following from your guarantor:
- proof of photo ID (such as a driver's license, passport), and
- proof of current residential address (e.g. driver's license, utility invoice), and
- proof of guarantor’s residency status (e.g. passport - include PR visa if applicable, birth certificate/extract), and
- proof of income (e.g. council rate notice, pay slip, Australian Tax Assessment Notice, letter from an accountant).
If the loan is for study related travel expenses, the applicant must also complete a travel budget. Please submit this form with the Long Term Loan application.