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Vocational Education Fees 2014


How much are my Course Fees?

Vocational Education fees are made up of a number of different parts:

Course Fees

An estimate of your chosen course fees can be searched for below. Please note your fees will vary depending on which specific units you decide to study in your course. The Student Services and Amenities fee is also payable and is dependent on your course load.

Advanced Standing (previously known as credit transfer or recognised prior learning)

If you have existing skills and knowledge (either gained from completion of units/courses from another educational institution or skills and knowledge gained through previous experience) you may be eligible for Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing acts as credit toward your chosen qualification. Please note a fee applies to all applications.

Student Services Amenities Fees for Vocational Education students

Materials Fee

Material fees are payable for items required for your chosen course (if applicable). Details on the material fees for the course will be provided to you by your Centre.

Ancillary fees

Ancillary fees are payments for excursions or other miscellaneous fees which are individual to courses and units.



Can I get some Government Assistance to pay my fees?

Government Subsidised Places

The Victorian State Government subsidises the cost of study for eligible students. To be eligible for a Government subsidised training place you must meet certain requirements – age, citizenship/residency and prior completed qualifications (Australian only or overseas qualifications that have been formally assessed to be Australian equivalent). There is also a limit on the number of subsidised courses a student can study in a calendar year.

Use the following tool to assess if you may be eligible for a Government Subsidised Place.

Fee Concessions

Government concessions

Tuition Fee Concessions and Amenities Fee Concessions

Fee concessions are only available for eligible government subsidised students studying up to Certificate IV level qualifications. If you qualify for a government subsidised place you may be eligible for a government concession rate. The government offers a concession rate for fees under specific circumstances. (Students are still liable for material and ancillary fees in full)

To check your eligibility

Important: If you are eligible for a Health Care Card, you should apply now by following the link below.

Special course concessions

Children's Services Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas

Students who are eligible for government subsidised places and are enrolled into the following courses are exempt from paying tuition fees in 2014:

Note: this fee waiver no longer applies in 2015. Any students enrolling in these courses in 2014 who are continuing their studies into 2015 will be required to pay fees for units taken in 2015.

  • CHC50908 – Diploma of Children's Services (Early Childhood Education and Care)
  • CHC50113 – Diploma of Children's Services (Early Childhood Education and Care)
  • CHC60208 – Advanced Diploma of Children's Services
  • CHC50302 – Diploma of Children's Services
  • CHC60202 – Advanced Diploma of Children's Services

Community Based Orders and Judy Lazarus Transition Centre

If you are on a Community Based Order, or an individual from the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre, and meet the eligibility criteria for a government subsidised place, you may be eligible for a full waiver of your tuition fees. You will need to provide a copy of your status confirmation from the Department of Human Services or Judy Lazarus Transition Centre, to be entitled to the fee waiver.


VET FEE-HELP

Please note: VET FEE-HELP is only available for Diploma/Advanced Diploma, Vocational Graduate Diploma and Vocational Graduate Certificate. For more information on VET FEE-HELP and how to apply, follow the link below.

Please note that VET FEE-HELP does not cover any material fees, Student Service and Amenities fee, accommodation or living expenses.


Full fee paying courses

If you do not qualify for a concession or a government subsidised place, then you may be able to enrol as a 'Full Fee Paying' student.


When are my fees due?

If you are using VET FEE-HELP to pay your fees, then only your Student Services and Amenities fee and any other relevant material or ancillary fee will be due by the 'payment due date' as stipulated on your Statement of Account. Your Statement of Account can be viewed via My financials within the 'Manage my course' section on the Current Students webpage. Note: a $200.00 late fee will apply if you pay your fees after the payment due date.

Payment of fee due dates for each teaching period can also be found on the Academic Calendar below:



How do I pay my fees?

There are a number of ways you can pay your fees.

My employer is paying my fees

If your fees are going to be paid by your employer or other organisation you will need to provide a completed Sponsorship Agreement form prior to enrolment and agree to the Sponsorship Agreement Terms and Conditions.



How do I withdraw from a course or amend my enrolment?

To withdraw from your course you will need to complete and submit a 'Withdrawal from Course Application' form online.

To amend your enrolment you can complete this via My study plan within the 'Manage my course' section on the Current Students webpage. For more information on withdrawing, please contact studentHQ.


Will I get a refund?

Diploma/Advanced Diplomas/Vocational Graduate Certificates/Vocational Graduate Diplomas

If you withdraw before the Census date for your course:

  • You will not be charged tuition or Student Services Amenities fee.
  • You will not incur a VET FEE-HELP debt for the teaching period (if applicable).

If you withdraw after the Census date for a teaching period:

  • You will be liable for all fees for that teaching period; and
  • Any unused portion of material fees paid will be refunded as advised by the teaching department.

Vocational Education Certificates

If you withdraw from a course before the earliest unit Census date:

  • You will not be charged for your tuition and Student Services and Amenities fees.
  • Material fee refunds are at the discretion of the enrolling Centre.

If you withdraw from a course after the earliest unit Census date:

  • You will not be charged for units where the Census date has not passed.
  • The Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee refund will be the difference between the SSA fee (assessed based on your revised enrolled study load) and your original study load.
  • Material fee refunds are at the discretion of the enrolling Centre.

If you withdraw from a unit in a course before the Census date for the teaching period for that unit:

  • You receive a refund of the tuition fee or you will not be charged for units where the Census date has not passed.
  • The Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee refund will be the difference between the SSA fee (assessed based on your revised enrolled study load) and your original study load.
  • Material fee refunds are at the discretion of the enrolling Centre.

If the course is cancelled by Swinburne University you will receive a full refund/credit of all fees paid or owing for the current year’s enrolment.