TAFE NSW student fees

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Smart and Skilled Student Fees for 2015

To be eligible to access government subsidised training in TAFE NSW, you must be an Australian citizen or meet the criteria of being an Australian permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Humanitarian visa holder.

You must also have a NSW residential address or be employed within NSW to be eligible to access government subsidised training places in TAFE NSW, including fee exemption or concession.

Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who live or work within New South Wales and who live at identified postcodes which border NSW shall have access to government subsidised training places in TAFE NSW.

Apprentices who are registered in Victoria and are required to undertake training at TAFE NSW will continue to be eligible to access government subsidised training places.

If you are not a resident of NSW or working within NSW, you will be charged a commercial fee.

When you enrol in a government subsidised TAFE NSW course you will be required to pay the Smart and Skilled Student Fee, unless you qualify for a fee exemption or fee concession.

Under Smart and Skilled you are charged one fee for the whole qualification, rather than an annual fee. This means you’ll know the total cost of your course before you start.

The Smart and Skilled Student Fee you pay will depend on your eligibility and your past studies.

Only when your enrolment is complete and you have paid applicable fees will you be entitled to attend class, sit for examinations, receive educational awards, use amenities and services (including travel concessions) or receive an active TAFEcard (which provides access to library resources).

All Smart and Skilled Student Fees are subject to change by State Training Services.

All TAFE NSW fees and charges are subject to change.

Students studying at Diploma or above level will be able to apply for a VET FEE-HELP loan. Eligible students in NSW government subsidised training places studying in selected Certificate IV courses may also be able to apply for a loan.

Note:

  • In addition to the Smart and Skilled student fee, concession fee or fee-for-service amount, some courses have additional costs
  • The Smart and Skilled student Fee does not apply to existing worker trainees, school-based apprentices and school-based trainees who are covered by separate funding arrangements
  • TAFE-delivered HSC Vocational Education and Training courses for school students (TVET) are subject to separate funding arrangements.
  • Courses offered on a fee-for-service basis have different fees. Courses offered as fee-for-service include Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma courses, and some short courses.

More information

For more information about Smart and Skilled, visit:

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TAFE NSW fees for 2015 for other government subsidised qualifications and courses

As the State’s public provider TAFE NSW provides training and services for specific groups to meet government priorities outside the Smart and Skilled fee arrangements. Courses are offered across the key programs of

  • TAFE NSW HSC Studies
  • Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC)
  • Aboriginal Language qualifications
  • Foundation Skills for Learner Drivers

Outlined below are the 2015 student fees for these courses.

Qualification

Full fee

Concession fee

TAFE Statement in HSC Studies (HSC)

$700

$240

Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) (Cert IV)

$700

$240

Cert I in Aboriginal Language/s

$220

$120

Cert II in Aboriginal Language/s

$284

$160

Cert III in Aboriginal Language/s

$516

$240

Foundation Skills for Learner Drivers

$106

$106

Accredited course —English Pronunciation (10085NAT/10754)

$125

$80

Accredited course —Vocational and Community Engagement (10093NAT/10696)

$97

$80

Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English – Employment (91420NSW/17998)

$555

$80

Certificate I in Spoken and Written English (91421NSW/17995)

$220

$80

Certificate II in Spoken and Written English (91422NSW/17996)

$399

$80

Certificate III in Spoken and Written English (91423NSW/17997)

$555

$80

Accredited Short Course —Elementary English Language Skills (10084NAT/10753)

$164

$80

Certificate I in Logistics (TLI11310/10059)

$220

$80

Certificate I in Construction (CPC10111/10201)

$220

$80

Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)(MAR10313)

$220

$80

Certificate I in Animal Studies (ACM10110/18909)

$220

$80

Certificate I in Engineering (MEM10105/9049)

$220

$80

Certificate I in Tourism (Australian Indigenous Culture) (SIT10112/11555)

$220

$80

Certificate I in Hospitality (SIT10213/12164)

$220

$80

Certificate I in Business (BSB10112/11732

$220

$80

Certificate I in Retail Services (SIR10112/11471)

$220

$80

Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation (AUR10112/11823)

$220

$80

Statement of Attainment in Foundation Skills Support (13000)

$113

$80

TAFE Statement in Learner Support (9999)

$68

$68

You may also be eligible for a concession.

For more information, contact your nearest TAFE NSW campus or visit your nearest TAFE NSW Institute website.

TAFE NSW Institutes

     


Hunter Institute 131 225


Illawarra Institute 1300 766 123


New England Institute 1800 448 176


North Coast Institute 1300 628 233


Northern Sydney Institute 131 674


Riverina Institute 1300 823 374


South Western Sydney Institute 137 974


Sydney Institute 1300 360 601


Western Institute
1300 823 393


Western Sydney Institute

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131 870
   

Advice for TAFE NSW students on TAFE NSW Fees and transitioning from 2014 to 2015

The NSW Government has released the 2014 NSW Skills List which defines courses supported by Government funding under new Smart and Skilled reforms to be introduced from January 2015. It covers all qualification levels Certificate II to Advanced Diploma, selected Foundation Skills courses at Certificate I and II levels, all apprenticeships and selected traineeships.

Transition arrangements for current and prospective TAFE NSW students
1 January to 31 December 2014 From 1 January 2015
Students commencing a Skills List course and who meet individual eligibility requirements will pay 2014 TAFE NSW fees up till 31 December 2014. (Government funding support continues to completion) Students continuing a Skills List course in 2015 will pay pro-rata Smart and Skilled fees and subsidies will apply.
  Students commencing a Skills List course and who meet individual eligibility requirements will pay Smart and Skilled fees and subsidies will apply.
Students commencing a non-Skills List course and who meet individual eligibility requirements will pay 2014 TAFE NSW fees up till 31 December 2014. (Government funding support ceases at 31 December 2014) Students commencing or continuing a non-Skills List course and who meet individual eligibility requirements in 2015 will pay commercial fees.

You can also visit the Smart and Skilled website to view the 2015 Skills List qualifications, check your eligibility and calculate your course fee. For more information, contact your nearest TAFE NSW campus.

Fee exemptions

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are exempt from paying the Smart and Skilled Student Fee if they live or work in NSW or live at identified postcodes which border NSW.

Students who live or work in NSW and who receive a disability support pension and students with a disability (clients of a Teacher/Consultant for students with a disability) are exempt from paying the Smart and Skilled Student Fee for one qualification enrolment per year (and are eligible to pay the relevant concession fee for each subsequent course enrolment (up to Certificate IV) in that year).

To complete your enrolment, you will need to fill in the 2015 TAFE NSW Fee Exemption application form and go to your chosen college.

Your eligibility for a fee exemption is determined at time of enrolment.

Concession fee

Students who live or work in NSW and who receive one or more eligible Commonwealth benefits or allowances at the time of their enrolment may be eligible to pay the Smart and Skilled concession fee for their qualification rather than the relevant Smart and Skilled Student fee.

Smart and Skilled concession fees are available for Certificate I to Certificate IV qualifications, and are not available for Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualifications.

Eligible benefits include:

  • Age Pension
  • Austudy
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension (second or subsequent course enrolment per year)
  • Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A (maximum rate)
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Newstart Allowance
  • Parenting Payment (Single)
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Special Benefit
  • Veterans' Affairs Payments
  • Veterans' Children Education Scheme
  • Widow Allowance
  • Widow Pension (including Widow 'B' Pension)
  • Wife Pension
  • Youth Allowance.

If you are a recipient of an eligible benefit or allowance, the concession fee may also be available to your dependent child, spouse or partner.

To complete your enrolment, a check of your CRN will be made with Centrelink to validate your eligibility for a concession fee.

In some circumstances, you may need to fill in the 2015 TAFE NSW Concession Fee application form, and go to your chosen college with the documentation to support your application. (Your documentation may be provided via the Centrelink/Express Plus mobile app.)

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