General student loans

The University provides interest free student loans, for study related expenses, to students who are in financial need and are progressing satisfactorily with their studies.

Currently enrolled undergraduate, postgraduate, off-campus, full time and part time students in an award course are eligible to apply. Further information is available by contacting a Financial Assistance Officer at any Deakin University campus.

Purpose of student loans

Student loans must be used for personal study-related expenses, such as:

  • study/education related expenses, e.g. textbooks
  • one off expenses, e.g. bond, rent
  • living costs to assist with your studies
  • course related equipment
  • medical expenses
  • placements and experiential learning costs i.e. petrol, train ticket and child care expenses.

Student loans are not available for non-study related expenses, costs incurred before your commencement of study at Deakin (ie. pre-existing debt) or expenses incurred by others (eg. family members).

Eligibility for a loan

Students must

  • be enrolled, or provisionally enrolled either full time or part time in an award course at Deakin University
  • be residing in Australia
  • demonstrate their ability to repay the student loan
  • not have an encumbrance on their academic record
  • not use the loan to pay tuition fees

Application process

To apply for a loan, complete the student financial assistance form (PDF, 700.5KB) .

Terms of the loans

  • The maximum loan amount is $2000 at any one time
  • Loans of $501 - $2000 must have a guarantor
  • Loans up to $500 generally do not require a guarantor except for 1st year, 1st trimester students
  • Students in the 1st year, 1st trimester of their course are required to have a guarantor and may apply for a maximum of $500
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age
  • Loans must be repaid within a maximum of two years or 6 weeks prior to the end of the last exam period (or the date on which the borrower ceases to become a student).
  • The University reserves the right to refuse a loan if a student has a poor repayment record in relation to previous loans.
  • Applications for a loan may be lodged at any time but applications from students undertaking the final year of their course will not be accepted within six weeks of the last day of examinations in their final trimester, except in special circumstances.


If a loan has not been repaid on the due date prescribed by the loan agreement, an administrative or academic encumbrance may be applied. These can include:

  • the borrower's academic record be withheld
  • the borrower may be prohibited from borrowing Library material and accessing ITS facilities.

The Council may refrain from conferring the degree, diploma or certificate to which they are entitled.

Further information about failure to repay loans.

Repayment terms

Students must maintain up to date repayments as agreed to on their repayment schedule.

All loans shall be repayable on whichever is the earliest of the following:

  • the due date shown in the loan agreement;
  • the date on which the borrower ceases to be a student;
  • the date of any breach by the borrower of any of the terms or conditions upon which the loan was granted; or
  • if the borrower becomes bankrupt, the date of bankruptcy.

It is the responsibility of the student to meet their repayment schedule. If circumstances change and the borrower is unable to repay the loan according to their schedule, a Student Loan Officer at your campus can advise you of your options.


A guarantor may become personally responsible instead of, or as well as, the student to pay the amounts which the student owes and the reasonable expenses of the credit provider in enforcing the guarantee. Guarantors are required to sign documentation in the presence of a staff member of the Division of Student Administration; otherwise the required documentation must be posted to them.

Please note:

  • Guarantor forms may not be posted until after the interview has been conducted.
  • A Guarantor must not be a student or staff member of any Australian University and must be over 21, an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia and financially secure.

Application and further information

Applications can be submitted via email to or handed in at Student Central on any campus. For further information, please call Student Central.

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