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I need to submit a statutory declaration form to declare I am eligible for fees-free. Do I need to do this by a certain date?

If you have undertaken eligible study or training in 2018

You need to submit your declaration by 31 December 2018 to get fees-free for any eligible study or training you do in 2018. It doesn’t matter if the form isn’t processed by 31 December, but you must submit it to the TEC by this date.

If you submit your statutory declaration form on or after 1 January 2019, you won’t be able to get fees-free for any eligible study or training you did in 2018. Any study or training you did will still count as you ‘using’ fees-free. This will mean that in 2019 or later years you can only get your fees paid for any remaining carry-over amount.

For example, if you are eligible and undertake 60 credits in 2018 but don’t submit a statutory declaration form you won’t get fees-free for the 60 credits. However, you’ll still be considered to have ‘used’ fees-free entitlement in dollars and credits for those 60 credits.

If you are starting eligible study or training in 2019

You should check your eligibility for 2019 on the Fees Free website. Even if you completed a statutory declaration in 2018, if you didn’t begin eligible study in 2018 you may need to complete a new form for 2019. To access a 2019 form, go to the homepage and enter your National Student Number (NSN).

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