Why do I need to validate my Tax File Number?

Before your fees can be successfully deferred to a HELP loan or VET Student Loan, the government needs to validate your Tax File Number (TFN) with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

If your TFN can't be validated before your census date, you'll be ineligible for a loan and your fees will need to be paid in full by the due date. 

For your TFN to validate, all of the following personal details must match exactly on your RMIT student record and on your Australian Taxation Office record:

  • your Tax File Number
  • your first name
  • your middle name/s
  • your family name
  • your date of birth
  • your address

If any of these details don’t match, your TFN can’t be validated.


How do I validate my TFN?

When you enter your TFN on your electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) in the government portal, an initial validation check is done.

If there are any issues at this stage, you'll see an alert in the portal. If this happens, you need to take action immediately.

The Department of Education notifies RMIT when your TFN can't be validated, but this may be several weeks after you submit your eCAF. If this happens, RMIT will send a notification to your student email account. Urgent action will then be needed if you want to keep your HELP Loan or VET Student Loan.


My TFN can’t be validated - what now?

Step 1. Check your ATO record as soon as possible

Check your details held by the ATO via your myGov account (login required) or by contacting the ATO. If your ATO details are incorrect, you’ll need to update your details with the ATO immediately.

Step 2. Notify RMIT

Don’t forget to tell us you’ve updated your details with the ATO so your TFN can be checked again. You can let us know by sending an email to hesa.unit@rmit.edu.au.

Read the Tax File Number Mismatch factsheet on the Study Assist website for more details.