On 1 January 2017, the Australian Government replaced its VET FEE-HELP scheme with the VET Student Loans (VSL) program.
The VSL program aims to offer greater protection for students and focusses on courses that address industry needs, opening up better employment opportunities. The main difference between the VET FEE-HELP and VSL programs is eligibility for government funding.
Under the VET FEE-HELP program, over 800 VET courses were approved for government funding, while under the VSL program, that number was reduced by 478 to 347. This move was to crack down on unscrupulous marketing activities and withdrawal fees, and to help ensure VET providers only enrol genuine students who are academically-suited to studying their course.
Under the VET VSL program, students also need to be satisfactorily progressing through their course to continue accessing FEE-HELP.
What are VET Student Loans?
VET Student Loans are income-contingent loans, where your repayments depend on your income.
If you’re eligible for a VET student loan, you’ll be able to pay for all or part of your VET tuition fees, depending on the cap rate for that course. The Australian Government will then pay the loan amount directly to the course provider, and you’ll only need to repay the loan once your repayment income is above the minimum threshold determined by the Australian Government each financial year.
As an approved VSL course provider, TrainSmart Australia offers VSL (formerly VET FEE-HELP) courses online in a range of areas, including:
- Creative arts
- Beauty therapy
- Health and community services
- Business and management
- Information and technology
VSL-approved beauty therapy courses
Beauty therapy is an exciting career that can open a wealth of opportunities – whether you’re looking to work as a beauty therapist at an established salon, or start your own business and build your own network of clients.
A successful beauty therapist needs to have not only the personable skills to be able to interact with clients daily, but also the advanced practical skills to ensure clients are completely satisfied at the end of their treatments.
TrainSmart Australia offers an approved VSL (formerly VET FEE-HELP) course online – Diploma of Beauty Therapy – that will ensure you have the skills you need to perform a wide range of beauty treatments, including:
- Beauty makeovers
- Lash and brow treatments
- Hair removal
For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, the course also teaches you how to run a successful beauty salon and manage staff.
As a Diploma of Beauty Therapy student with TrainSmart Australia, you’ll be studying one of the industry’s leading VSL-approved beauty therapy courses and gain a nationally-recognised training qualification.
VSL-approved counselling courses
In today’s busy world of competing priorities, there’s an ever-growing need for professionals who can provide support to those seeking help to reach their full potential, or to lead more fulfilling lives.
A career in counselling means you’ll be helping others to achieve these goals, and embark on a career that’s not only rewarding, but meaningful.
TrainSmart Australia offers an approved VSL (formerly VET FEE-HELP) course online – Diploma of Counselling – that will ensure you have the skills you need in a range of counselling areas, including:
- Responding to crisis situations
- Developing and facilitating counselling relationships
- Working with diverse people
- Helping those suffering from grief or trauma
The course will enable you to provide counselling services within private practice, community and family support organisations, and government support services.
As a Diploma of Counselling student with TrainSmart Australia, you’ll be studying one of the industry’s leading VSL-approved counselling courses and gain a nationally-recognised training qualification.