The fee you pay at TasTAFE will depend on the course you choose and may vary depending on the level of government subsidy available, the cost of delivery, any previous study you have undertaken and/or your personal circumstances.
If you are enrolling in a TasTAFE course you may be eligible for a subsidised rate if you:
- are a resident of Tasmania or working in Tasmania; and
- are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or on a state sponsored visa on a pathway to permanent residence; and
- are of working age.
If you do not meet these criteria, you will still be able to undertake your course, however, it will be offered at a commercial rate.
If you are enrolling in a vocational preparation program you will not be required to pay any fees.
Cooling off period end dates/Census dates
When you enrol in a course, you will be provided with a cooling off period end date. If your course is over multiple years, you will have one cooling off date for each year. This date is the last date by which you can withdraw from your course and obtain a full refund of your tuition fees for that year. After the cooling off date, you will be liable for fees charged, regardless of whether you complete the course or not.
For students who have a VET Student Loan, your census date and withdrawal date is the same date. If you withdraw from your course after this date, you will incur a debt. All students studying a Diploma need to have a VET Student Loan in place or paid in full by this census date, if not, your enrolment may be formally withdrawn.
If you have already undertaken training at TasTAFE or with another Registered Training Organisation, you may be able to receive recognition for the units you’ve previously completed and receive credit transfer towards your qualification.
This means that you will not need to undertake study or assessment in these unit/s and they will be formally recognised as a credit transfer against your enrolment.
You can claim credit transfer for unit/s that you have already successfully completed at any time, however, if you apply for credit transfer at the time of enrolment, you will also be able to receive a reduction of fees based on the number of units that are recognised.
Find out more about credit transfers.
How to pay
Failure to pay debts
If you fail to pay your fees before you finish your course, it will prevent you from receiving your qualification – and we don’t want that!
Testamurs and/or Statements of Attainment will only be issued once the fees for your course have been paid in full.
Failure to pay your debts may also result in you not being permitted to enrol in any subsequent TasTAFE courses until the debt has been cleared.
If you are experiencing difficulties in paying your fees, please contact one of our Student Counsellors to discuss your options.
Study load and Centrelink eligibility
Many students are supported through their studies with Centrelink benefits. Most people need to study full time to get Austudy or Youth Allowance.
At TasTAFE, a full time study load equates to 16 hours of study each week, and you will be considered to be studying full time if you’re doing 75% or more of your course’s full time study load.
For more information about course fees, or your eligibility for a concession or subsidy, please contact Client Services or phone us on 1300 655 307.
If you are an international student, more information about your fees and payments is available from GETI (Government Education and Training International) via our International students’ page.