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Fees and other costs

At TAFE NSW Online, 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 both fee for service and government subsidised courses.

When you enrol, you pay a tuition fee for your course. The amount will vary, depending on your personal circumstances, your study history and the course you choose.

Fee for service (non-subsidised) courses

If you choose to study a non-subsidised course (or you 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 plans or flexible part payments (for selected courses). Other options for financial assistance include deferring your payment through VET Student Loans (for selected courses), 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 as well as courses undertaken by students not living or working in New South Wales, international students and temporary visa holders.

You can find more information about fees for a specific course on the individual course page.

Government subsidised courses

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.

To be eligible for government subsidised training you must meet certain criteria. 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.

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

Check your eligibility

If you choose a course that has government subsidised places, you can check to see if you are eligible for a subsidised place (if places are available for your selected course) and get a fee estimate by clicking on the 'Enrol now' button on the individual course page.

If you 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.

Additional costs

Apart from your tuition fee, there may also be some additional costs for items such as your data plan (for viewing videos and downloading media), textbooks, personal protective equipment, and/or industry equipment (if accessing a workplace). Refer to individual course information for details.


You'll be asked for payment at the end of the enrolment process. You can pay fees and other enrolment-related charges by:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • BPay
  • personal cheque, bank cheque or money order (payable to 'TAFE NSW').

Cash is not accepted.

Contact us

Fees and charges can be a little confusing. You can find out more here or if you need assistance understanding it, or have any questions, please contact us.