TAFE Fees

Government-subsidised places

All students who access a government subsidised place are allocated a maximum number of funded hours to complete their course requirements. Students who do not satisfactorily complete all course requirements and have exhausted allocated funded hours wishing to re-enrol will be required to pay full fee rates.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a government subsidised place students must meet certain eligibility. Any student who does not meet the eligibility criteria will be charged the full fee tuition rate. To check your eligibility please visit our Eligibility criteria page.

Concessions

Concession rates only apply to government-subsidised students enrolling in a Certificate I to IV. Tuition fees are calculated on a students concession eligibility at the time of each enrolment. Concession rates are calculated at 20% of the tuition fee payable by non-concession students in a government subsidised place.

The eligibility criteria is set by the Victorian Government and assessed by Federation TAFE in accordance with government directives, which are subject to change at any time. You must hold a valid concession card during the enrolment process or at the time you apply for a fee concession. You will receive a fee concession for any eligible classes, which are scheduled to start on or after the date of application, for a year.

To be eligible for a fee concession you must:

  • hold a valid Commonwealth Health Care Card, or be named on the card as a dependant child/spouse, or
  • hold a valid Pensioner Card, or be named on the card as a dependant child/spouse, or
  • hold a valid Veterans' Gold Card

You cannot apply for a fee concession if you:

  • are enrolled in a diploma or advanced diploma
  • are enrolled in a vocational graduate certificate or vocational graduate diploma
  • are enrolled in a full-fee paying place (non government subsidised place)

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students will pay 20% of the tuition fee payable by non-concession students at all program levels (including Diploma/Advanced Diploma enrolments).

Full-fee paying places

Students not eligible for a government subsidised place will be charged the full-fee tuition rate for all enrolled hours.

Free TAFE for priority courses

From 1 January 2022, the Victorian Government Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will cover tuition fees for priority TAFE courses and apprenticeship pathway courses in growth industries, for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training. Visit Federation TAFE for further information.

2022 TAFE eligibility exemptions

You could be eligible for government subsidised study at Federation University through the TAFE eligibility exemptions.

If you have been deemed ineligible for a government subsidised place because you have a higher qualification or have commenced two qualifications at the same level you may be eligible to enrol in a government subsidised place with a TAFE eligibility exemption.

Please note: A limited number of TAFE eligibility exemptions are available so contact us now to secure your place for 2022.

What are TAFE eligibility exemptions?

The exemptions are aimed at supporting students to gain quality education and training from an eligible Victorian TAFE provider, as per the following categories:

Upskilling, but have a qualification at a higher level, e.g. enrolling in a Certificate IV when you have already completed a Certificate IV qualification or higher. With a TAFE eligibility exemption you may be eligible for government funding to gain a qualification at the same (or lower) level as one you already hold.

Upskilling, but have previously commenced two other government-funded courses at the same level in your lifetime, e.g. enrolling in a diploma when you had commenced two government-funded diplomas. With a TAFE eligibility exemption you may be eligible for a government-funded place to study a qualification at the same level as the courses you had previously commenced.

The University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure, regulation or fee.

For further information please should refer to the VET Information Guide which is available on the Federation handbook page or click here to access an overview of 2022 TAFE student fees.