Get financial help with your training fees

Financial support is available to contibute towards the cost of your training.

This information is for students taking training courses. For information on university course fees, see: StudyAssist

TAFE courses with free tuition

From 1 January 2019, some priority TAFE courses will be offered with free tuition. These courses lead to jobs that are in high demand.

Non-apprenticeship courses
  • Certificate IV/Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • Certificate II/III/IV in Agriculture
  • Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
  • Certificate III/IV in Allied Health Assistance
  • Certificate IV/Diploma in Building and Construction (Building)
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction
  • Certificate III/IV/Diploma in Community Services
  • Certificate III in Concreting
  • Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing
  • Certificate III/IV in Dental Assisting
  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Certificate III/IV in Education Support
  • Certificate IV in Engineering
  • Certificate III in Horticulture
  • Certificate III in Hospitality
  • Certificate III in Individual Support
  • Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services.
Apprenticeship pathway courses
  • Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology
  • Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology
  • Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
  • Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
  • Certificate II in Construction Pathways
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational)
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)
  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
  • Certificate II in Engineering Studies
  • Certificate II in Furniture Making
  • Certificate II in Glass and Glazing
  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate II in Meat Processing (Food Services)
  • Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)
  • Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General)
  • Certificate II in Retail Baking Assistance
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant
  • Certificate II in Signage and Graphics.

You can enrol for these courses now to start studying in 2019.

If you're eligible, the Victorian government will pay your tuition fees. You will need to pay for other fees yourself, like student services or materials fees.​

Eligibility​​​

You may be eligible for free tuition if:

  • you're under 20 years old, or
  • you're enrolling in a course at a higher level than you've completed before.

Your TAFE will confirm your eligibility when you enrol. You can only access one tuition free course, even if you started one before and didn't finish it.

The other conditions are:

  • you can't study more than two government subsidised courses in one calendar year
  • you can't start more than two courses at the same level in your lifetime.

Learn more about Free TAFE for Priority Courses.

Government subsidised training

Government subsidised training is where the Victorian Government contributes towards the cost of your training course.

You can get an indication of whether you qualify by using the checker on the Victorian Skills Gateway website

Or for more information, see: Get a training fee subsidy

VET student loans

VET student loans provide financial help if you're studying. The loan program commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the previous VET FEE‑HELP scheme. They are run by the Commonwealth Government.

To find out if you are eligible, see: VET student loans

Help for young people affected by child protection and youth justice orders

Young people affected by child protection and youth justice orders can have their tuition payed for by the government. This is known as the Skills First youth access initiative.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be under 22 years old on 1 January of the year you start studying
  • currently be on a child protection order or youth justice order, or have been on one in the past
  • study an accredited course at an approved provider. For exact courses see the guide book below.

See the guide book and the referral form below for further detail.

Speak to your case manager or call the TAFE and Training Line for further advice.

For background information on this program, see: Skills First youth access initiative

Help from Centrelink

If you are an adult in study, training or looking for work you may be able to get education and training payments. For more, see: Students and trainees

If you are a young person who is studying, undertaking training or an apprenticeship, looking for work, or sick, you may be able to get Youth Allowance. For more information, see: Youth Allowance

Help for Aboriginal and First Peoples

If you are an Aboriginal student or full-time apprentice, you may apply for:

  • ABSTUDY, a fortnightly payment to help with costs of living, study and accommodation. For more information, see: ABSTUDY
  • fee concessions are available to Indigenous students for training at any level. See the next section for more information.
  • scholarships. See: Victorian Aboriginal Education Association

Fee concessions (discounts)

Concessions on tuition fees are available for:

To be eligible for concessions on a government-subsidised place, you must also be a:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card holder or their dependant child or spouse
  • Pensioner Concession Card holder or their dependant child or spouse
  • Veteran’s Gold Card holder (but not their dependant).

Concessions are set at 20 per cent of the provider's published standard tuition fee. For example, if a provider usually charged a non-concession student $500 for a particular course, a concession student in the same course would only pay $100.