To be eligible for a FEE-HELP loan, you MUST supply your valid TFN or Certificate of application for a TFN in this section. Your provider is authorised under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (the Act) to collect and retain your TFN only for the purpose of reporting details of your FEE-HELP loan to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
Declining to quote your TFN is not an offence. However you will not be able to get a FEE-HELP loan for the amount of your tuition fees that remains unpaid on the census date unless you give your provider, on or before the census date, wither your TFN or the certificate from the ATO stating that you have applied for a TFN.
Note: The importance of your TFN
By providing your TFN on this form, you are requesting a loan from the Government for the tuition fees for the unit(s) in your course outstanding at the census date and to use the amount to pay your provider on your behalf. Privacy and taxation laws protect your TFN information. There may be severe penalties if these laws are broken. If you want to use a FEE-HELP loan to pay for your study, you must meet the TFN requirements. This is becuase repayments on your HELP debt are made through the Australian taxation system.
TFNs are usually provided within 28 days of application. It is essential that you apply early to make sure you have your TFN on or before the census date. For more information on requesting a TFN, visit www.ato.gov.au.
If you will not have a TFN by the enrolment date, please contact your provider.