​Help with fees

There are several ways students can apply for assistance with fees.

Students who can’t pay their course fees upfront are able to pay their fees by instalments. These payment plans must be agreed with the training provider.

If students experience severe financial difficulties, training providers can also choose to waive the fees. Students should talk to their training provider about this.

Concession rates

Eligible students are entitled to a 50% concession rate on fees for training up to Certificate IV level.

Students who are eligible for the concession rate in 2016 are:

  • holders (and their dependants) of either a pensioner concession card, repatriation health benefits card or health care card;
  • recipients (and their dependants) of AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Youth Allowance;
  • inmates of a custodial institution (and their dependants); and
  • students born on or after 1 July 1998 who are at least 15 years of age.

The concession rate does not apply to foundation skills and equity courses, as these courses already have very low fees. It also does not apply for Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses as these students have access to VET FEE-HELP. However, concessions do apply for the five Certificate IV courses that are eligible for VET FEE-HELP. Existing worker trainees who are on the fee maintenance scheme are eligible for the concession fee rate. All other existing worker trainees are not eligible for the concession fee rate.