STATEMENT FROM THE CEO – Partial Abolition of the FEE-HELP Loan Fee

Partial Abolition of the FEE-HELP Loan Fee Exacerbates Ongoing Higher Education Disadvantage

The Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE) welcomes the partial abolition of the HELP scheme Loan Fee for students enrolled with Australia’s high quality independent universities.

“Prior to the parliament passing the Higher Educations Support Amendment Bill, students of independent universities were required to loan 125% of their course costs” Mr Finn said.  “These students will no longer be penalised when they access Commonwealth support to undertake their studies”

“COPHE welcomes the abolition of the tax on university choice for these students” Mr Finn said.  “Any removal of unfair taxes on education choice is a positive outcome for Australian education”


COPHE – Quality Independent Higher Education

The Council of Private Higher Education Inc. (COPHE) is a peak body representing Australian independent higher education providers. Our members promote equity, choice and diversity in the sector. COPHE was established in 2001 in recognition of the growing number of students choosing an independent higher education. COPHE represents high-quality independent providers who are committed to the best educational opportunities for students and promoting equity and best practice in Australian education.

The independent higher education sector in Australia has been growing steadily and now enrols 10 per cent of Australian higher education students.

From the CEO

The Council of Private Higher Education is a peak body for Australia’s quality private higher education providers.

Our members are a key part of Australia’s higher education system – a system respected worldwide for its educational and research outcomes. With a focus on equity, diversity and choice, COPHE members provide Australian and international students with educational opportunities through courses that reflect student demand and career choices.  Our members provide higher education opportunities in fields including law, agriculture, business administration, art and design, photography, theology, hospitality, taxation, auditing and governance.