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Fees, funding and financial support

Fees, funding and financial support

Help & advice

​​​​The costs of training

Training providers are free to set their own fees so training costs vary between courses and between providers.

In general, the costs of training consist of: 

  • tuition fees
  • other fees set by the training provider such as students services and amenities fees
  • books and materials costs.

Before students enrol, they can ask the training provider for:

  • an itemised list of the fees and when they are due
  • information about any concessions or refunds for which they may be eligible, including any evidence needed to support their claim for concessions or refunds.​

Government-subsidised training

Students may be eligible for government-subsidised training. This is only offered by training providers who have a contract with the Victorian Government to deliver government-subsidised training.

If they are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of training.

Please note: We no longer display government-subsidised training for 2016. For information regarding subsidies for 2016 , please contact the training provider.

Finding government-subsidised training

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol Government-subsidised training available

Our course listings are current for 2017. Course availability data is sourced from the Australian Course Information Register.

Our listings also identify TAFEs who offer government-subsidised training for specific courses. Other training providers who offer government-subsidised training will be identified as this information b​ecomes available.​​

Please note: We no longer display government-subsidised training for 2016. For information regarding subsidies for 2016 , please contact the training provider.​


The eligibility of your students will be determined by their training provider when they enrol, but you can use our eligibility checker to get an indication of their eligibility.

Read more about the eligibility criteria for government-subsidised training for the VTG and see subsidy levels for courses on the Department of Education and Training (DET) website.

Encourage your students to think carefully 

Your students will need to think carefully about the course they choose because they won’t necessarily be eligible for another government-subsidised place at the same level if they change their mind and decide they want to do a different course.

If they complete a Certificate III in Aged Care, for example, and then find they don't like the work or there are no jobs in your area, they probably won't be eligible for another government subsidised place in a different Certificate III course.

Encourage them to make the most of their opportunity and choose carefully.

Other funding sources

Help from the Australian Government

VET FEE-HELP is an Australian Government student loan scheme for the TAFE and Training sector.

It assists eligible students in diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses. It covers all or part of their tuition costs with a student loan, which is only due for payment once they earn a certain level of income.

The scheme is available at RTOs approved by the Australian Government. To find out more visit the Study Assist website or call 1800 020 108.

Centrelink assistance for individuals studying or training

Centrelink has financial assistance available for adults undertaking further education and training. Go to the Centrelink section of the Australian Government’s Department of Human Services website for more information.

Youth Allowance Scheme

If you are a young person who is studying, training or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship, looking for work, or is sick, the Youth Allowance Scheme can help. Read about Youth Allowance on the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.


Indigenous students and full-time Indigenous apprentices may access ABSTUDY payments, consisting of a fortnightly living allowance and help with study costs. For more information, see the ABSTUDY page on the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.

Indigenous students are also eligible for the Indigenous Completions Initiative, under which they pay reduced tuition fees for government-subsidised training.


Some providers offer scholarships to assist in the payment of tuition fees, books and other costs of undertaking studies. Please speak directly to the relevant RTO for further information.

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