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Get financial assistance for training

Help & advice

  • Training costs usually include more than just tuition fees.
  • You may be eligible for government-subsidised training.
  • You may also be able to get other financial assistance from the Victorian Government, the Australian Government or your training provider.

TAFE and training fees

Before you choose a course, it’s important to find out what fees and other costs you'll have to pay.

Training providers can set their own fees, so they'll vary between courses and between providers.

In general, course costs include:

  • tuition fees
  • other fees set by the training provider, for example, student services and amenities fees
  • the costs of books and materials.

See Before you enrol in a course to find out what information training providers must give you about fees before you sign an enrolment contract.

The Victorian Skills Gateway shows approximate course fees for each course. For information about specific course costs, contact the training provider.

Financial assistance with fees

To make it easier to pay for a TAFE or training course, the Victorian Government and the Australian Government offer a range of financial assistance options to eligible students.

Government-subsidised training

Currently, the Victorian Government subsidises some TAFE and training courses. This means it gives money to the training providers that deliver subsidised courses. This is so eligible students can pay less for their training.

Training is subsidised because there is a current or predicted demand for jobs in related industries. It also makes it easier for people to pay for training when they haven't done any study or are finding it difficult to get a job.

If you're eligible for subsidised training, you still have to pay part of the tuition fee and any other course course costs. For more information, see Skills First.

Fees for the same subsidised course can differ between training providers, so it's worth checking what you have to pay before you enrol.

In 2019 and 2020, some subsidised training is being offered with a tuition fee waiver. If you are eligible for this, you won't have to pay the tuition fee, but you may have to pay other course costs. For more information, see Free TAFE for Priority Courses.

Check your eligibility

Use the Eligibility Checker to find out if you might be eligible for government-subsidised training.

Find subsidised training

Use the Victorian Skills Gateway to search for the courses or training providers that you’re interested in, then filter by ‘government-subsidised'.

VET Student Loans

A VET Student Loan from the Australian Government can cover all or part of your tuition fees for some courses at or above a Diploma.

If you get a VET Student Loan, you'll have to pay it back when you start earning above a certain amount.

Your training provider will check your eligibility for the loan, and ask you for documents to prove that you meet the eligibility criteria.

For more information, visit:

Centrelink payments and concessions

The Australian Government offers financial assistance for TAFE and training students through Centrelink.

These include a Youth Allowance if you're 24 or younger, and Austudy, an income support payment if you're over 25 and studying full-time.

See Australian Government - Payments for students and trainees for more information.

Training providers also offer concessions on standard tuition fees for Certificate IV level and below courses, for example, if you have a valid concession card, such as a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

Training provider loans

Some training providers offer financial assistance to help you pay for tuition fees, books and other training costs. For more information, contact your training provider.

Assistance for apprentices and trainees

Apprentices and trainees get paid while they are training, and they can also apply for additional financial support from the Australian Government.

For more information, visit Financial Support for Australian Apprentices.

Apprentices and trainees may also be eligible for a discount on their car registration: visit Trade apprentice registration discount on the VicRoads website.