First published 13 August 2020

Year 12 students planning to go to university should apply early for a Tax File Number (TFN) and a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

To be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP (Commonwealth assistance), students must provide a TFN (or a Certificate of Application for a TFN) and a USI (applicable to new students from 1 January 2021), on their Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF). To obtain a TFN and create a USI, students should apply online.

The TFN and USI application processes are free and students will be required to provide proof of identity. Students should apply early, as it can take up to 28 days to process a TFN application.

When applying for a HELP loan at university, it is necessary to ensure that all personal details including full name, date of birth, and tax file number, exactly match those that are held with the Australian Taxation Office. Read more about QUT fees and HECS-HELP on the QUT website or visit the government StudyAssist website.

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