NEW Zealanders who grow up in Australia have now become eligible for the Higher Education Logan Program for tertiary education or vocational training.
This means thousands of young people, who until now had no access to student loans for university study, will now be able to apply for assistance.
From January 1, 2015, New Zealanders with Special Category Visas will be eligible for HELP if they first entered Australia as a dependent minor aged under 18 years at least 10 years before applying, have been resident in Australia for 80% of the past 10 years, and have been resident in Australia for 18 months of the past two years at the time of their application.
Tertiary Education Minister Craig Emerson said extending HELP to these New Zealanders was part of the Federal Government's commitment to making higher education available to a growing number of people in Australia.
"Australia and New Zealand have a famously close friendship. Helping these young students participate fully in Australia's tertiary education system will only strengthen that bond between our nations," Dr Emerson said.
The government will contribute $10.6 million over the next four years.
For information, visit www.studyassist.gov.au/faq-nz.