Fees and charges and refund policy
Why do I need to pay a course fee when I enrol?
You will not be regarded as being enrolled without the payment of, or approved exemption from, the course fee. All TAFE NSW fees and charges are reviewed on a yearly basis and are subject to change.
Until your enrolment is completed, you are not entitled to:
- attend class
- sit for examinations
- receive educational awards
- use amentitites and services (including travel concessions)
- receive an active TAFEcard (which provides access to library resources)
- receive Austudy.
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How much is the course fee?
When you enrol you will need to pay the course or tuition fee, unless you qualify for a fee exemption. The amount you pay may depend on the type of course you are enrolling in and where you live and/or work. There are different fees for NSW Government-subsidised places, non-subsidised places and interstate students. The information below relates to fees in 2014 as the fee structure is changing in 2015.
Tuition fee for non-subsidised course places
Each course has a tuition fee which includes study materials. There are no fee exemptions or concessions for non-subsidised places. A range of payment options are available for paying your tuition fee.
TAFE NSW Fees for NSW Government-subsidised places:
Some courses will have government-subsidised places. For some courses the number of government-subsidised places will be limited.
To be eligible to access a government-subsidised training place 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.
Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students from all Australian States and Territories shall have access to government-subsidised training places in TAFE NSW.
Apprentices who are registered in other States and Territories and are required to undertake training at TAFE NSW will continue to be eligible to access government-subsidised training places.
Trainees who are registered in NSW and training at TAFE NSW will continue to be eligible to access government-subsidised training places.
Where there are limited Government-subsidised places available in TAFE NSW courses and there are more applicants than places, selection criteria will be used to rank students and offer places. Students who do not receive a subsidised place can still enrol for the full course tuition fee.
If you are eligible for a government-subsidised TAFE NSW place you will be required to pay the ‘TAFE NSW fee’ indicated in the table below, unless you qualify for a fee exemption or fee concession. This fee needs to be paid before you commence the course either in full, or if studying for more than one semester, in two equal payments - one before you start and one at the end of May.
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).
Note: All TAFE NSW fees and charges are subject to change.
TAFE NSW fees for 2014:
Fees for enrolments of one semester or less
|Statements / Short courses
|Apprentices and trainees
|Government benefit recipients
|Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
|Students with a disability (first course per year)
|Special access courses
- In addition to the TAFE NSW government-subsidised fee or concession fee, some courses have other course related charges. Details are available within the course information for each course, or by phoning 1300 628233.
- Temporary visa holders may be required to pay a tuition fee in addition to the TAFE NSW fee.
- The TAFE NSW 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.
- Some students may be eligible for a Fee Waiver under certain programs, which currently includes Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
- Students enrolled in courses that go longer than one year will need to re-enrol and pay the appropriate fees.
You may also need to purchase textbooks, module notes, personal protective equipment, industry equipment and/or other materials which you will use during your course. Attend the advertised information session or see the individual course pages for details.
Special Access courses
These courses teach skills in career opportunities, community training, employment skills, literacy, numeracy, reading and writing, school mentoring, signed language, volunteer tutoring and work readiness. These courses are exempt from the TAFE NSW fee for students eligible for a Government-subsidised place. You may however, need to pay course related charges or additional course costs.
TAFE NSW Concession fee
If you are eligible for a Government-subsidised place and are receiving a Commonwealth benefit or allowance at the time of your enrolment, you may be eligible to pay a concession fee in 2014 of $106.00 for each course rather than the full government-subsidised fee.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
In 2014 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students that are eligible for a government-subsidised place are exempt from paying the TAFE NSW fee.
Students with a disability
In 2014 if you are eligible for a government-subsidised place and are either receiving a Disability Support Pension and/or are a client of the Head Teacher/Consultant for students with a disability, you will receive a full fee exemption for one TAFE NSW government-subsidised place per year and are eligible for the $106.00 concession fee for subsequent enrolments in government-subsidised places.
Note: the 'time of enrolment' is generally taken to be the date the student and enrolling officer completes and signs the enrolment form or the online enrolment process. This means that if you choose to pay your TAFE NSW fee in two installments you will be expected to pay both installments, even if you may otherwise have been eligible for an exemption at the time the second installment is due.
~ Students successfully completing a Higher School Certificate or Tertiary Preparation course may be eligible for a fee refund, if enrolled in a government-subsidised place in their course. Contact the campus or Customer Service Centre for details on 1300 628233.
Fees for Non-subsidised places:
Fees non-subsidised places, short courses, Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas, TAFE Delivered HSC Vocational Education and Training (TVET), students not living or working in New South Wales, international students courses and temporary visa holder courses are different to the TAFE NSW government-subsidised fee. Information on these fees will be shown on the individual course pages or contact your local campus for details.
North Coast TAFE is committed to providing high quality programs and support and assistance to students. Fees are set at a rate that is as affordable as possible, while providing the teaching, learning and services students require. Fees may change on a regular basis to accommodate increases in North Coast TAFE costs.
Study now, pay later! Courses at Diploma or higher qualification level are eligible for VET FEE-HELP. You may like to consider this as an alternative to paying for your course upfront. Further information on VET FEE-HELP is available on our VET FEE-HELP page.
Existing interstate students who enrolled in 2013
Students who do not live or have paid work in NSW who enrolled prior to or at the start of Semester 1 2013 in a TAFE NSW government-subsidised place in a course lasting longer than one semester can continue to study that course at the NSW government-subsidised rate until the end of 2013.
Interstate students who are enrolled in a NSW government-subsidised place who will not complete their course by the end of 2013 will pay the non-subsidised fee rate for the remainder of that course when they re-enrol in 2014.
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 from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma, selected Foundation Skills courses at Certificate I and II levels, all apprenticeships and selected traineeships.
The following transition arrangements are in place:
1 January - 31 December 2014:
- Students commencing a Skills List course and who meet individual eligibility requirements will pay 2014 TAFE NSW fees up to 31 December 2014. Government funding support continues to course completion.
- Students commencing a non-Skills list course and who meet individual eligibility requirements will pay 2014 TAFE NSW fees up to 31 December 2014 only.
From 1 January 2015:
- 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 or continuing a non-Skills List course and who meet individual eligibility requirements in 2015 will pay a non-subsidised fee.
The Smart and Skilled website has further information on Smart and Skilled, including eligibility requirements.
How can I pay the fee?
Cash cannot be accepted – you may pay by EFTPOS, Visa card, Mastercard, cheque or money order. You can pay on-campus, or over the phone or via the Internet using a credit card. You can also request an invoice and pay via B-PAY or at your local Post Office.
Students who are re-enrolling are encouraged to make their payments via the internet or by one of the remote payment options offered.
Paying the NSW government-subsidised TAFE NSW fee in instalments
If your course runs for more than one semester and you are eligilble for a Government-subsidised place, you may be able to pay your TAFE NSW fee in two equal instalments (unless you pay the concession fee). The first payment is made when you enrol. The second payment is required by 31 May of that year.
Part payment plans
North Coast TAFE, together with a range of finance partners, offer fee-payment options or part-payment plans to assist you in managing the costs of your course of study. We recommend that you choose an option that is suited to your needs and personal circumstances.
If fee-paying options (like VET FEE-HELP*) are not suitable or available to you, consider a personalised payment plan that includes:
- A simple application process
- Weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments
- Your choice of term or flexible contract arrangements
- The ability to pay off early or arrange catch up payments
If you would like to know more about your payment options, please call 1300 62 82 33.
VET FEE HELP
You may also like to consider paying for the course via VET FEE-HELP which is available to eligible students studying higher level VET qualifications at diploma level and above. VET FEE-HELP allows you to study now and pay later (VET FEE HELP is not available for certificate level courses.)
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What if I have difficulty paying?
If you feel you will have difficulty paying the Government-subsidised TAFE fee or other costs associated with your course or you are suffering from financial hardship you can talk to a TAFE Counsellor. TAFE Counsellors can assist students with financial matters as well as career planning, study skills, course articulation and credit transfer and personal issues such as managing stress.
Counselling sessions are confidential except where information is governed by Government legislation and professional requirements. To arrange an appointment with a TAFE Counsellor contact your nearest North Coast TAFE Campus.
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Can I get a concession or exemption?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who live or work in New South Wales are exempt from paying the TAFE NSW fee for Government-subsidised places in courses.
Students who live or work in New South Wales, in receipt of a Disability Support Pension, Veteran's Affairs Compensation Pension and students with a disability (who are clients of a Teacher/Consultant for students with a disability) receive a full fee exemption for one Government-subsidised place per year and are eligible for the concession fee for subsequent enrolments in Government-subsidised courses in that year.
Application for Exemption from the TAFE fee.
Fee Exemption Information
Students living or working in New South Wales, who receive a Commonwealth benefit or allowance (see list below) and are enrolling in a course with Government-subsidised places, may be eligible to pay the concession fee per course enrolment, rather than the full Government-subsidised TAFE NSW fee. Note: not all courses offer Government-subsidised places.
- Age Pension
- Austudy including Veterans Children Education Scheme
- Carer Payment
- Disability Support Pension
- Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment
- Family Tax Benefit Part A (maximum rate)
- Farm Help Income Support
- Mature Age Allowance
- Newstart Allowance
- Parenting Payment (single)
- Sickness Allowance
- Special Benefit
- Veterans' Affairs Payments
- Widow Pension including Widow 'B' Pension
- Wife Pension
- Youth Allowance
Note: Students who are recognised as a dependant child/spouse/partner of a recipient of an eligible benefit or allowance may also be eligible for the concession fee.
To find out if you are eligible for a full-fee exemption or concession fee, contact your campus or ring 1300 628233 before enrolling. We can also advise you about what documentation you will need to enrol.
Concession Fee Application
Concession TAFE fee poster.
The TAFE NSW fee is applied differently for...
Apprentices - apprentices eligible for a Government-subsidised place, pay a capped fee per year for their apprenticeship or traineeship course. You may also be eligible for a concession fee or exemption.
To be eligible for the capped fee you must provide proof of your Apprenticeship (contact your local campus or ring 1300 628233 for details).
Further information and frequently asked questions are available on the Australian Apprenticeships website.
Information on assistance available to apprentices in NSW can be found at State Training Services website.
New Entrant Trainees - in 2014, New Entrant Trainees eligible for a Government-subsidised place pay a capped fee of $506.00 for their Traineeship course unless they are eligible for a concession fee or exemption. To be eligible for the capped fee you must provide proof of your Traineeship (contact your local campus for details).
School-based Trainees - school-based trainee courses are covered by another funding arrangement, so the TAFE NSW fee does not apply.
Existing Worker Trainees - are covered by other funding arrangements, so the TAFE NSW fee does not apply.
Commercial courses - There are no fee exemptions or concessions for these courses. Refund/transfers are only available if you notify us of your withdrawal at least seven (7) days prior to the commencement of the course.
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What are Special Access courses and do they have fees?
If you live and/or work in NSW and enrol in a Special Access Course you pay no TAFE NSW fee, however you may need to pay course related charges or fees for course resources/equipment. These courses teach skills in:
- career opportunities
- community training
- employment skills
- reading and writing
- school mentoring
- signed language
- volunteer tutoring and
- work readiness.
The following Special Access courses are exempt from the TAFE NSW Fee for eligible students. A personal exemption application for these courses is not required.
||10093NAT Course in Vocational and Community Engagement
||10077NAT Certificate II in Skills for Work and Study
||10087NAT Certificate I in Access to Work and Training (Introductory)
||10088NAT Certificate I in Access to Work and Training
||10090NAT Certificate II in Skills for Work and Training in the Community Sector
||10089NAT Certificate II in Skills for Work and Training
||10078NAT Certificate I in Basic English Language Skills
||10084NAT Course in Elementary English Language Skills
||10095NAT Course in Developing Skills for Work and Study
||10096NAT Certificate I in Preparation for Work and Study (Introductory)
||10097NAT Certificate I in Preparation for Work and Study
||10098NAT Certificate III in Vocational and Study Pathways
||22075VIC Certificate II in Auslan
||Statement of Attainment in Literacy Tutor Skill Set
||Statement of Attainment in Literacy and Numeracy Tutor Skill Set
||91471NSW Course in Language, Literacy and Numeracy
||Certificate I in Access to Vocational Pathways
||Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways
||Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
||Statement of Attainment in Foundation Skills Support
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What is different about HSC, Tertiary Preparation Certificate and Children's Services Diploma course fees?
Higher School Certificate and Tertiary Preparation Certificate TAFE NSW fee refund
From 2008, TAFE NSW students who enrol in and complete 91146NSW Certificate III in HSC Studies or 91178NSW Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC) at TAFE NSW will be eligible for a refund of the TAFE NSW fee.
If a student completes one or more of the following preparatory courses for the HSC or TPC first, the TAFE fee for these courses will also be refunded:
- Statement of Attainment in HSC Preliminary Studies
- 91179NSW Certificate III in Preparation for Vocational and Further Study,
- Statement of Attainment in Preparation for Vocational and Further Study,
- Statement of Attainment in HSC Studies, TAFE NSW course no. 6505
- Statement of Attainment in Preparatory Mathematics and Science,
To be eligible, students must provide proof of course completion (either a TAFE NSW Testamur or a TAFE NSW Course Completion Notice) and apply for the refund at their campus of enrolment.
Note: This refund applies only to TAFE NSW students who enrol or re-enrol in one of the courses specified above. It does not apply to school students or students in other educational institutions. Students must complete the HSC or TPC in TAFE after 1 January 2008 to be eligible. Other materials charges are excluded from this refund. Refunds for the additional HSC and TPC preparatory courses listed above will only apply upon course completion of either the HSC or TPC. The refund applies to all eligible students regardless of the date they commenced their study.
Are there other costs to do a TAFE course?
Apart from the TAFE NSW fee, you may also need to pay:
- course-related charges
- Student Association membership
- licence fees.
Certain courses require you to wear a uniform and/or protective clothing. Clothing must be purchased by the student and entry to the class will be refused unless the specific protective clothing/uniform is worn. Information as to what you need will be given at the time of enrolment.
Some courses will require the payment of a materials charge. Details of this charge will be provided at enrolment time.
Replacement Transcript and Testamur Costs
You can request a copy of course transcripts at any time. There is no cost for copies of transcripts. If you require a replacement Testamur, you will need to pay the replacement Testamur fee of $75.00 per course. Contact your local campus for more information or ring 1300 NCTAFE (1300 628233).
Repeat of unit for 'non-competence'
If you need to repeat a unit as you were deemed 'not competent' or you withdrew before you completed the assessment activities, you will need to re-enrol and pay the fees appropriate at that time. This may be an individual unit fee or a Government-subsidised fee for that qualification. Contact your teacher to discuss the best option for you.
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What if I want to withdraw or get a refund?
If you are withdrawing from a Government-subsidised place or applying for a refund you need to complete a Withdrawal/Refund Application form and post it or return it to your campus of enrolment. A refund of all or part of the TAFE NSW fee may be given in the following exceptional circumstances:
- You have overpaid the TAFE NSW fee.
- You enrolled in a course that has been cancelled by the campus or Institute
- You have paid the full TAFE fee but now receive Youth Allowance or Austudy commencing within two weeks of the date of enrolment or the date of first attendance at class (you will be eligible for the concession fee).
- You are offered and accept a place in a course at university or at the same/another TAFE NSW Campus within the first three teaching weeks.
- You enrol in a course only to repeat a failed unit/module but are then granted a pass in that unit/module by an Assessment Review Committee.
- You formally advise the campus before classes commence and with no attendance, that you are withdrawing from the course.
- You make full-year payment and withdrew with no attendance in Semester Two. You may be eligible for a refund of the Semester Two TAFE NSW fee.
- The campus delegate is of the opinion that you would be unreasonably disadvantaged if you were not granted a refund, for example, if you meet with a serious misadventure and you were unable to continue your enrolment.
Other appropriate circumstances, such as:
- Extended hospitalisation or illness (two weeks minimum) supported by a medical certificate and resulting in extended absence from classes. In this case a refund of the fee for the second semester may be given;
- Pregnancy/child birth (other than in cases of medical complication covered by the above). In this case a refund of the fee for second semester may be given.
If you enrol in an approved Apprenticeship or Traineeship course without evidence of being an Apprentice or Trainee, you will be asked to pay the full fee. If you subsequently provide evidence that you are an Apprentice or Trainee you will be refunded the difference between the course fee and the capped Apprenticship or Traineeship fee.
Short courses, commercial courses, TVET and other programs
Refund/transfers for short or commercial courses are only available if you notify us of your withdrawal at least seven (7) days prior to the commencement of the course.
Refunds are made to the student, organisation or third party who originally paid the course fee.
Circumstances not usually regarded as grounds for a refund include:
- Job change
- Change in work hours
- Inconvenience of travel to campus
- Moving Interstate
For all courses
A refund will not be paid:
- if materials, equipment or resources received remain the property of the student
- if you do not attend or do not give adequate prior notification that you cannot attend a practical session or workshop
- if you have actively participated in a course (see below).
Active participation is:
- submitting an application for recognition of prior learning (RPL)
- accessing activities and unit support pages in the learning management system or Moodle website
- submitting assessments
- attending practical sessions, if applicable
- attending exams or tests
- completing units or making satisfactory progress in learner support
- contacting your teaching section for support and assistance
Other courses have specific refund policies related to the type of course. Contact the campus or phone 1300 628233 for details.
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