Financial Assistance

Our desire is for Year 13 to be accessible to every eligible applicant, and there are several options for assistance in covering the program fees:


FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible students pay all or part of their tuition fees. Eligible Year 13 students who intend to complete their Diploma of Christian Studies online or via any ACT College* are able to defer payment on the Australian College of Theology component of their Year 13 fees (up to $8,896†). Students later repay this interest-free loan when their income exceeds a certain threshold. For more information on FEE-HELP and how to apply, please click here.

Youth allowance

Financial assistance through Centrelink’s Youth Allowance is also available to students who meet their eligibility criteria. Please click here for more information.     


All students are encouraged to fundraise to cover the costs of the Fiji mission trip. We provide training and support in students fundraising efforts, and many previous students have raised all of the cost of their trip – some much more!

Local support

Whilst your Ministry Placement is very much “work experience” and not a paid role, many churches and schools are willing and able to assist students by helping cover some or all of the costs. Make sure you ask!

Year 13 subsidies

We do have funds specially available to assist students who are unable to cover the full program costs. You can apply for financial assistance by filling out the Application for Financial Assistance that is included in the Year 13 Application Form.

Please do not (repeat DO NOT) let finances prevent you from applying to Year 13. If finances are a major concern, please indicate this on your application. We would love to help in any way we can.


* Australian College of Theology accredited colleges, such as Youthworks College. Year 13 graduates can also complete their Diploma of Christian Studies online via the Timothy Partnership.

 † The amount claimable under FEE-Help is determined by tuition costs for the ACT Diploma subjects. 

Year 13 was a chance to set myself up for the future, discover who I am and what God wants me to do, my skills and passion for certain ministries, and it was a year to read the whole Bible and to think through various issues. James Robson, 2012