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The Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) is a unique identifier used by all higher education providers, which allows you to access your records via myUniAssist. MyUniAssist is a web-based Higher Education Information Management System (HEIMS), developed by the Commonwealth Government to assist in the management of fee arrangements and allows you to monitor your:

  • Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) assistance
  • Commonwealth Learning Scholarship.

How do I get a CHESSN?

The CHESSN is included on the Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) which is provided by USQ to students electronically after the census date for each semester.

You will be asked to consent to personal, identifying information being provided to the Department of Education and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for the allocation of a CHESSN and the management of your Commonwealth assistance.

You will be prompted to do this either:

  • during the application process for new students or students changing programs
  • as part of your Commonwealth Assistance form online for continuing students who have not yet been allocated a CHESSN.

You will not be eligible for Commonwealth assistance, if you do not provide your consent.

Further information

Further information about myUniAssist and CHESSNs can be obtained from the Study Assist website.