VE/TAFE fees

When you enrol in a course, re-enrol or change your enrolment, an invoice is generated with the amount you are required to pay. It is important for you to understand what fees are involved, and to ensure that your enrolment, fee and personal details are correct. 

You can access your statement of account :

On this page

Calculating your fees

The fees you pay as a Vocational Education/TAFE student depend on a number of factors, including:

  • your citizenship status
  • when you commence the course
  • your age
  • your prior qualifications
  • the units and course that you enrol in.

Additional fees may apply such as

You can find out our tuition fees for VE/TAFE courses in the:


Concessions are only available for eligible government subsidised students studying up to Certificate IV level qualifications. The concession fee will be charged at 20% of the student tuition rate.

Diploma concessions are only available for Indigenous students or those who are continuing a Diploma, had previously been entitled to a concession and are still eligible for the concession.

Government funding - Victorian Training Guarantee

To receive government funding to undertake a VE/TAFE course, you must meet Victorian Training Guarantee eligibility criteria. If you are not eligible for government funding with the Victorian Training Guarantee, you will need to pay the full-fee rate.

Eligibility for Victoria Training Guarantee

Generally, you are eligible for a government-subsidised training place if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian Permanent Resident (including Permanent Humanitarian Visa))
  • a New Zealand citizen
  • A referred Asylum Seeker or Victim of Human Trafficking


  • have a physical presence in Victoria

  • have not commenced or scheduled to commence two or more government subsidised courses this year or currently undertaking 2 or more government subsidised courses

  • are not currently enrolled in a secondary school

  • have not commenced two or more government subsidised courses/qualifications at the same Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level in your lifetime (excluding courses on the Foundation Skills List).

and are any of the following:

  • under 20 years of age
  • seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (further eligibility criteria applies)
  • not previously completed a Diploma or higher at an Australian institution
  • not enrolled in the Commonwealth Government’s Skills for Education and Employment program
  • seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL (Intermediate/Senior)
  • seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship (not a traineeship)
  • 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification. (which is formally recognised in Australia). Prior qualifications which are foundation studies courses, completed as part of a VETiS program, VCE or VCAL (Intermediate/Senior) do not need to be considered.

Government loans for Diploma & above courses - VET FEE-HELP

VET FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan program that assists students in paying for all, or part, of their tuition fees when studying at university. It is available to students enrolled in a higher level vocational education and training course (Diploma level or above).

If you are eligible for assistance, the Australian Government pays the amount of the loan direct to Victoria University and records a debt against your Tax File Number with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

You are then required to repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income is above the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment. Voluntary repayments can be made at any time directly to the ATO, regardless of income.


You can find course fees for VE/TAFE courses at Diploma level and above in the 2015 VET FEE-HELP Fee schedule . This document contains:

  • the government funded fee rate per course/unit of study
  • the minimum and maximum government funded fee rate per course/unit of study
  • the full fee rate per course/unit of study
  • delivery and location information
  • unit of study start dates, end dates and relevant census dates.

Full details about VET FEE-HELP are available on the Study Assist website.

Eligibility for VET FEE-HELP

If you are a local full fee paying student, you are required to pay the full tuition costs of your Units of Study in the course you are enrolled in.

You may be eligible for VET FEE-HELP.

To qualify for VET FEE-HELP, you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • you are an Australian citizen or permanent humanitarian visa holder living in Australia for the duration of the unit of study
  • you are a government funded student (excluding government funded VET Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma students)
  • you are a full fee-paying student enrolled on or before the census date in an eligible unit of study and you remain enrolled in the unit at the end of the census date;
  • you meet the tax file number requirements
  • you have completed, signed and submitted a valid request for VET FEE-HELP assistance form for the unit or the course of which the unit forms a part, on or before the census date.

You can find course fees for VE/TAFE courses at Diploma level and above in the 2015 VET FEE-HELP Fee schedule.

Census & other important dates

Throughout your studies you will need to meet various fee deadlines (refer to Census fee dates).

Deadlines for full fee paying students

International students who do not pay by the due date will incur a $130 late enrolment penalty and may have their enrolment cancelled after 20 working days.

Local full-fee, New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and upfront HELP students will incur a debt collection charge of $130.

Census date

Please note that Census does not apply to students studying at Certificate levels I to IV.

The census date is the last day to:

  • finalise your enrolment
  • submit a Request for Commonwealth assistance form (to access a government subsidised place or HELP loan)
  • pay all or part of your up-front student contribution
  • provide your Tax File Number (TFN), if you have requested a HELP loan and have not already done so.

International and local full fee students who have not paid their fees by Census will have their enrolment cancelled after this date.

New Zealand citizens, Permanent Residents and upfront VET FEE-HELP students, who did not pay or provide a TFN by Census will have their enrolment cancelled after this date.

Reinstatement can only take place if you pay full-fees which are substantially higher than the fees on your invoice. A reinstatement charge also applies.

Changing your enrolment

Please ensure you are aware of all deadlines related to your studies in order to avoid academic and financial penalties.

Timely enrolment amendment

Prior to Census each semester there is an administrative census date for timely amendments (refer to Fee dates) to your Course and Unit(s) of study. Changes made after the timely amendment date will incur a late enrolment penalty of $50 per form.  You may also be eligible for a refund if withdrawing on or before Census.

Post census amendment

If you decide to withdraw from your course or make changes to your enrolment after census date, this can have serious financial and academic implications for you.

Enrolment amendments made after Census until the last working day before the start of examinations will incur a $70 post census amendment penalty per form. If you withdraw, you will still be liable to pay for the Unit/s of Study and will receive a withdrawal/fail result. Unit additions for the current semester will be charged as full fee and need to be paid at the time of the addition.

We may consider the situation if you can demonstrate special circumstances.

Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN)

Each semester VET FEE-HELP students will be issued a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) online via MYVU Portal. The CAN itemises your Units of Study and accrued VET FEE-HELP amount.

If you believe your CAN is incorrect, contact must be made in writing within 14 calendar days from the date the CAN is issued. If you submit your query after this 14-day period, you will incur a $90 late CAN dispute charge.

Queries about your Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) can be:

Please include in your question about your CAN:

  • your name
  • our student ID number
  • the course code
  • semester and year.

You will need to specify:

  • which details you believe are incorrect; and
  • why you believe they are incorrect.

Read more about the CAN on the Study Assist website. To find out when the CAN is available refer to Fee dates on the Important study dates page.

Fee extensions & financial assistance

If you are studying a Diploma or above course, you may have the option to defer your fees to VET FEE-HELP. If you are studying below Diploma, you have the option to obtain a three week fee extension by making an upfront payment of $100 toward your tuition fees and all your material fees. This will automatically give you an additional three weeks to pay. Within three weeks you must either pay the total amount outstanding, or pay 50% of the outstanding balance to obtain a final eight-week extension.

We can assist you in several ways if you are having problems paying the required fees. For more information about other loans and support available, please see Financial Assistance.

Payment Plan Option

Eligible students enrolled in a VE/TAFE course who are not eligible for VET-FEE HELP, may be eligible to pay for their course fees via instalments.

This option is made available to students by a Payment Plan Option.

International students

Tuition fees can be found on the course pages in our online course finder. Please note that course fees are subject to change and it is best to contact us to confirm the amount.

Contact us

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