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Managing the cost of your study

It’s natural to think about the cost of your course! There are many options to help you with this.

The fee you pay depends on whether you are eligible for a government subsidised place, or can claim any concessions or exemptions. You may be able to access other types of financial assistance such as scholarships or trade support loans

When it comes to actually paying for your course there are plenty of flexible payment options available.  For example, depending on the course you choose, you may be able to defer your payment through VET FEE-Help in 2016 or a VET Student loan in 2017 or set up split payments or a formalised personal payment plan.

Want to know more about government funded places?
Visit our Smart and Skilled page

About your fees

When you enrol, you pay a tuition fee for your course.  North Coast TAFE offers a wide choice of courses, some that attract government subsidies and some that do not.  The fees payable will vary, depending on your personal circumstances, your study history and the course you choose. 

If you choose a government subsidised course, and are eligible for a subsidised place in that course, you will pay a reduced fee. 
 
Also, depending on your personal situation, you may be entitled to a concession or an exemption that will reduce your fee even further.

If you choose to study a non-subsidised course (or are not eligible to access a Government subsidised place) you will need to pay the full fee.  No concessions or exemptions are available for non-subsidised courses.

We offer a range of convenient, affordable ways to pay your fees including formalised payment plan, flexible part payments or VET-FEE Help (2016) or VET Student loan (2017).

If you can’t pay your full course fees when you enrol, there are different types of assistance available.

Apart from your tuition fee, there may also be some additional costs for items such as textbooks, personal protective equipment, and/or industry equipment that will enhance your learning experience. 

Fees and charges can be a little confusing. If you need assistance understanding it, or have any questions, please contact us.
   

Fees for non-subsidised or ‘fee for service’ courses

At North Coast TAFE, our goal is to help you gain the benefits of learning so you achieve your goals, regardless of what course you choose to study with us. 

That’s why we offer a wide variety of courses, including fee for service courses, which do not attract government subsidies.

If you choose to study a non-subsidised course (or are not eligible to access a Government subsidised place) you pay the full course fee. There are no fee exemptions or concessions available.

We do, however, offer a range of convenient payment options to help you meet the cost of your tuition.   

Other options for financial assistance include deferring your payment through VET FEE-HELP in 2016 or a VET Student loan in 2017 (for selected courses, provided you meet the eligibility criteria), arranging for a personal loan or seeking financial support from your employer or job network agency.

Non-subsidised courses include: short courses, some Statements of Attainment, Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas, TAFE Delivered HSC Vocational Education and Training (TVET), those undertaken by students not living or working in New South Wales, international students and temporary visa holders. 

More information about fees for a specific course is available on the individual course page (search your course here) or contact us.

Apart from your tuition fee, there may also be some additional costs for items such as textbooks, personal protective equipment, and/or industry equipment that will be of benefit during your learning experience.
    

Fees for government subsidised course places

From January 2015, some courses (those on the NSW Skills List or approved outside this arrangement) will be subsidised by the NSW Government under an initiative known as ‘Smart and Skilled’. 

Fees for subsidised places in these courses are set by the NSW Government. No matter where you study, fees for subsidised places will be the same for the same course. However, what you pay will depend on your individual circumstances. 

For more information about subsidised courses visit the Smart and Skilled website or the Other government subsidised qualifications and courses page or contact us.

To be eligible for government subsidised training you must meet certain criteria. Once you have done this, part of the course price is paid by the government. This reduces the fee you pay to complete your course. 

To be eligible for a government subsidised place you must be: 

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen; and 
  • aged 15 years or older; and 
  • no longer at school; and 
  • living or working in NSW. 

The fee you pay will also depend on what you have studied in the past:

  • If you have never studied before, more of your course price is paid by the government, so the fee that you pay will be lower.
  • If you have previously completed a course after high school, you may still be able to access a government subsidised place, but the fee you pay will be slightly higher, as the Government will pay less towards your course price.
  • In some cases, courses you have completed previously may mean you are not able to access a government subsidised place.  

In addition, if you are aged between 15 and 30 years old, you may be eligible for a Fee Free Scholarship.

   

Fees for TAFE-delivered Vocational Education and Training for high school students

TAFE-delivered Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses provide Year 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to study TAFE courses as part of their HSC. 

North Coast TAFE provides TVET courses to high schools on a fee-for-service basis. 

Your school may require you to pay additional fees to contribute to the cost of TAFE-delivered courses. 

Find out more about TVET courses or talk to your School Careers Adviser or VET for Schools Coordinator about the costs involved.
   

Fees for Apprentices

Apprentices eligible for a government subsidised place, pay a capped fee for the whole qualification. You may also be eligible for a concession fee or exemption. 

To be eligible for the capped fee you must provide proof of your Apprenticeship (contact us for details). 

Further information and frequently asked questions are available on the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Information on assistance available to apprentices in NSW can be found on the State Training Services website
   

Fees for Trainees

Fees for trainees vary depending on whether you are a ‘New Entrant’ trainee or an ‘Existing Worker’ trainee. The fee you pay will depend on the course you choose. 

New entrant trainees

A ‘New entrant’ trainee is a person who is specifically employed by a business as a trainee or enters a traineeship with that business within 3 months of being employed.  

If you are a New Entrant Trainee you may be eligible for a government subsidised place in a course if you are:

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen; and 
  • aged 15 years or older; and 
  • no longer at school; and 
  • living or working in NSW. 

To be eligible for a subsidised place you must provide proof of your Traineeship (contact us for details).

You can check to see if you are eligible for a subsidised place and get a fee estimate for the course you’ve chosen by clicking on the ‘Apply now’ button located on the course page (Under ‘Find a Course').

Existing worker trainees

An ‘Existing worker’ trainee is a person who has already been working full time in the business for longer than 3 months before being offered a traineeship. 

If you are an Existing worker trainee North Coast TAFE partners with your employer, to deliver only the formal portion of training you need for your qualification.  The rest is gained on the job.

Fees for Existing worker trainees is on a ‘fee for service’ basis, government subsidised places are not available.

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Marcel

Scholarship recipient.