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Course fees and charges

The following course fees and charges information is applicable only to Domestic students. For information on fees and charges for International students please see our International courses page.

All students are assessed at the time of enrolment to determine whether they are eligible for Government subsidised training.

Studying at SuniTAFE does incur a cost for the student and generally, course fees at SuniTAFE are made up of three fee types: Tuition, Amenities and Materials. Please contact our Information Centre if you have any questions about our fees.

All course fees (Tuition, Amenities and Materials fees) must either be paid in full at the time of enrolment, or one of our alternative payment options committed to.

Tuition Fee

The Tuition Fee is for the training undertaken to complete your qualification. The fee amount varies according to the number of student contact hours in a course. For students assessed as eligible, Tuition Fees are subsidised by the Victorian Government.

When eligible for a government subsidised place, the government subsidies the course cost. The amount of the subsidy will depend on the course being enrolling into and the date the course commences.  If you are not eligible for a subsidised place, you can still undertake a course, and your fees will be unsubsidised, or “self-funded”.

More information about assistance for students undertaking Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses (and some approved Certificate IV courses) can be found on our VET FEE-HELP page.

Tuition Fee concessions

Tuition Fee concessions may apply if a student holds one of the following concession cards or for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students:

  1. Commonwealth Health Care Card
  2. Pensioner Concession Card
  3. Veterans’ Gold Card

The concessions provided for (1) and (2) also apply to the dependent spouse or dependent child of the card holder.

Concession fees are not available for students enrolling into Diploma or Advanced Diploma courses except where applicable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Students claiming a concession must provide evidence they are eligible for the concession at the time of enrolment, otherwise full fees will be charged. Students are advised to contact Centrelink prior to enrolling to determine if they are eligible. The concession fee is calculated as 20% of the total tuition fee.

More information about assistance for students undertaking Diploma and Advanced Diploma Courses  can be found on our VET FEE-HELP page.

Amenities Fee

This compulsory fee is shared by all SuniTAFE students. The Student Amenities Fee is calculated per student contact hour based on the number of hours enrolled. It is currently charged at $0.34 per hour. There is a $50 flat rate for trainees, flexible delivery and online programs.

Payment of this fee does not confer on the student membership of any student body, association or union.

Materials Fees

These fees allow you to get the resources you need to complete your course. These charges are set by each department at SuniTAFE, and vary from unit to unit. Further information about these fees can be obtained from the teaching department running the course in question.

Fee payment options

SuniTAFE accepts payment via cash, cheque and EFTPOS/credit card. Full payment of course fees or committing to one of the alternative options outlined below must be completed prior to commencing training.

VET FEE-HELP/VET Student Loans

VET FEE-HELP/VET Student Loans is available for tuition fees for eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses within Course Cap amounts. In instances where a course is not eligible or when the course cap has been exceeded a payment by Instalment plan is available.

Material and Amenities fees cannot be deferred using VET FEE-HELP/VET Student Loans, although you can use the Payment Plan options below for these fees.

If you are eligible to defer your tuition fees through VET FEE-HELP/VET Student Loan, you cannot enter into a Payment Plan for those fees.

More information about assistance for students undertaking these courses can be found on our VET FEE-HELP page.

What do you have to pay upfront? There is no upfront fee for VET FEE-HELP.

Payment plans

Centrepay

If you are in receipt of regular Centrelink payments, you can take up a payment plan for Tuition, Amenities and Materials using Centrepay. There is a $15 administrative fee added to the total fees to take up this payment plan. You complete a Payment Plan agreement and your fees are deducted from your regular Centrelink payment. You must complete a hard copy Payment Plan Agreement to take up this option.

What do you have to pay upfront? There is an $80 deposit required when taking up a Centrepay Payment Plan.

Debitsuccess

If you do not receive regular Centrelink payments, you can take up a Payment plan for Tuition, Amenities and Materials through the external provider Debitsuccess. You must complete a hard copy Payment Plan Agreement to take up this option. There is a 4.6% administrative charge, and a $10 booking fee to take up this option, which is added to the total fees.

What do you have to pay upfront? There is a $250 deposit required when taking up a Debitsuccess Payment Plan.

Sponsor payment (Authority to Invoice)

Your employer or support agency may provide SuniTAFE with the authority to invoice your fees. This may be for all or part of your fees, and an invoice is sent to your employer or agency for payment.

What do you have to pay upfront? There is no deposit required if your employer or support agency is paying your total fees.

Certificate replacement and academic statement replacement fees

Accredited Certificate $25
Accredited Certificate (originally issued prior to 2000) $50
Statement of Attainment $15
Participation Statement $15
Statement of Results (per course) $5