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Fees, funding and financial support

The costs of training

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are free to set their own course 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 services and amenities fees
  • books and material costs.

Before you enrol, you can ask your training provider for:

  • an itemised list of the fees and when they are due
  • information about any concessions or refunds for which you may be eligible
  • and any evidence you will need to support your claim.

The Victorian Training Guarantee

Students may be eligible for a government-subsidised place in courses offered at RTOs. This is called the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG).

If you’re eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of training.

There are a lot of RTOs that offer government-subsidised courses. They are marked with this symbol Government-subsidised training available in the database.

Eligibility

You can check the Funding eligibility indicator on this site for an indication of your eligibility but only your RTO can say for sure if you are eligible for a particular course.

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

Think carefully about the course you choose

If you’re 20 years of age or more and you are eligible, think carefully about the course you choose because you won’t necessarily be eligible for another government-subsidised place at the same level if you change your mind and decide you want to do a different course.

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

Make the most of your opportunity and choose carefully.

VET Funding Review

The independent VET Funding Review has released its discussion paper outlining options for improving the TAFE and training system, including:

  • Better targeting funding
  • Supporting and protecting students
  • Supporting jobs and industries
  • Support training for vulnerable, disadvantaged and high needs groups.

For more information, visit the VET Funding Review website.

Funding support

Help from the Australian Government

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

It is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and assists eligible students in diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses. It covers all or part of your tuition costs with a student loan, which is only due for payment once you earn a certain level of income.

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

Assistance for individuals studying or training

Financial assistance is available for adults undertaking further education and training.

Go to the information for students and trainees section on the Australian Government Department of Human Services website to access information and apply for payments online.

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. For more information, see the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.

ABSTUDY

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, go to 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.

Scholarships

Some providers have scholarships to assist in the payment of tuition fees, books and other costs of undertaking studies. Speak to individual providers for information about what is on offer and how to apply.

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