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TAFE Fees 2014


How much are my Course Fees?

TAFE fees are made up of a number of different parts:

Course Fees

Fees are estimates only: The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you've got on-the-job experience, informal or employer-based training, you may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for one or more units in a course. RPL acts as credit towards a qualification to ensure you aren't training in skills you already have. The cost of being assessed for RPL is listed in the 2014 Indicative TAFE Course Fees.

Student Services Amenities Fees for TAFE students

These funds are used to provide services of direct benefit to students.

Materials Fee

Materials fees are paid for items used in your course which you then own. Some courses do not have materials fees. Details on materials fees (if applicable) will be provided by your Department.

Ancillary fees

You may need to pay excursion fees or miscellaneous other fees which are individual to courses and units. See the teaching department for more details of applicable ancillary fees.



Can I get some Government Assistance to pay my fees?

There are three main ways that the Government may assist you:

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

The Government also offers a concession rate under specific circumstances.

Use the following tool to assess if you may be eligible for a Government concession rate.

Important: You should apply now if you believe you are eligible for a Health Care Card.

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

This is only available for Diploma/Advanced Diploma, Vocational Graduate Diploma and Vocational Graduate Certificate.

VET FEE-HELP is a Commonwealth Government loan through which you can defer the payment of your tuition fee. When your income reaches a certain repayment threshold (see www.studyassist.gov.au for the current threshold) the debt is repaid through the tax system.

VET FEE–HELP does not cover any amenities or materials fees, accommodation or living expenses.

For more information


Full Fee Paying Courses

If you don't qualify for a concession or Government Subsidised Place then you may be able to enrol as a Full Fee Paying Student.


When are my fees due?

All fees are due on the following dates for each Teaching Period:

Note that if you are deferring your fees through VET FEE-HELP then only your Student Services and Amenities fees and any other relevant materials or other fees will be due on these dates.



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 employer is paying your fees, they can pay using the invoice that Swinburne sends to you, or by Swinburne invoicing them directly if they prefer. You need to bring in an authorisaton letter from your employer confirming that they agree to pay your fees and requesting that we invoice them. This must:

  • be on the Official Letterhead of the Company
  • should have the ABN clearly stated
  • list what fees they will cover (eg tuition, Student Services and Amenities)
  • list the person to whom the invoice to be sent and
  • the email address for electronic delivery of invoice.

Unless you have an accepted letter of authorisation you will remain personally liable for all fees.



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

Amending your enrolment

You must submit a Withdrawal from Course Form (for the entire course) or Amendment to Enrolment Form (to withdraw from a unit) to change your enrolment by the census datecensus date.

Forms must be submitted to the School for approval. No withdrawals or amendments can be completed without an official form being submitted.

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 amenities fee.
  • you will not incur a VET FEE HELP debt for that Teaching Period.

If you withdraw after the census date for a Teaching Period:

  • you will be liable for all fees for that Teaching Period.
  • any unused portion of material fees paid will be refunded as advised by the teaching department.

TAFE Certificates

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

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

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.
  • Student Services and Amenities fees will be refunded the difference between the SSAF fee assessed based on your revised enrolled study load and your original study load.
  • Material fee refunds are at the discretion of the enrolling School.

If you withdraw from a unit in a course prior to 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.
  • Student Services and Amenities fees will be refunded the difference between the SSAF fee assessed based on your revised enrolled study load and your original study load.
  • Material fee refunds are at the discretion of the enrolling School.

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