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Old Dec 26th 2007, 10:08 am
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Hi,

Have you recently applied for and successfully received a Higher Education Contribution Scheme grant (HECS) in Australia?

My two children have come with us to continue their university education in Brisbane and would welcome the opportunity to receive a student grant similar to that available in the UK.

Any info, advice would be appreciated.

Many thanks,

Phil and Co, Brisbane
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Old Dec 26th 2007, 10:19 am
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I didn't do this recently but the HECS scheme just enables you to defer payment of your course to tax. To get a weekly payment you have you apply for Govt assistance (from memory).
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Yes, Debsy did last year. Email her, she's not on here that often. Although saying that, she'll probably pop up now
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Yes, Debsy did last year. Email her, she's not on here that often. Although saying that, she'll probably pop up now
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Hecs is not a student grant as such - it is a scheme where you are able to defer payment of your uni fees until you graduate or earn - don't quote me- around $35k per annum.

You may also apply for austudy but that will depend on your income.

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bugger me, how do you do that????????????
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I think you have to be a citizen to apply for HECS and/or austudy. am i right?
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HECS is a fee and it is up to you when you pay it. You get a discount for up front payment and a small interest levied if you choose to pay it after you get to earn the required amount post graduation.
Youth Allowance or Austudy are complex - they are apparently available to "Australian residents" but are means tested (parental assets and income) so many kids dont even come close to qualifying. http://www.counselling.qut.edu.au/mo...ls/austudy.jsp

Further Education in Aus costs $$$ one way or another!
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HECS benifits are only available to you if you are a citizen.

When you join a course you have to pay a fee for that course. If you are PR you pay the full amount upfront before you start.

With HECS you have two options.

1) You can pay the full amount minus the relevant discount upfront.

2) You can choose to pay the full amount, but defer the payment until you start earning a certain amount of money.

So in other words, you are not given any money, like a UK grant, but you can choose not to pay money upfront. But as I said - the HECS options are only available to citizens.

Hope that helps

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HECS benifits are only available to you if you are a citizen.

When you join a course you have to pay a fee for that course. If you are PR you pay the full amount upfront before you start.

With HECS you have two options.

1) You can pay the full amount minus the relevant discount upfront.

2) You can choose to pay the full amount, but defer the payment until you start earning a certain amount of money.

So in other words, you are not given any money, like a UK grant, but you can choose not to pay money upfront. But as I said - the HECS options are only available to citizens.

Hope that helps

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yup, as i thought. and i think the permanent resident option only refers to a humanitarian visa grant.

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I think it's all explained here:

http://www.goingtouni.gov.au/

Happy reading!!!

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Default Re: Has anyone successfully applied for a HECS grant?

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to your comments, my internet access failed and has just been resurrected.

Spot on the with the advice, our 136 PR visas do not allow for any concessions however we may be able to get assistance through the commonwealth at the universities discretion depending on the course details.

We have started saving as the first payments are due in April….

Phil & Co
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