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Fee assistance

​The Victorian Government Training Guarantee supports students by offering education and training fee subsidies for eligible students. This means that if you are eligible, most of the cost of your training will be covered by the Victorian Government. Fee subsidies can apply to students studying independently or to students studying as part of workplace training.

Students having difficulty paying enrolment fees can get advice from the student support services counsellor on the options that may be available.

>> download the Students Welcome handbook.  

VET Student Loans

This is a new student loans program that replaces the previous VET FEE-HELP scheme, to give eligible students access to quality higher level VET qualifications, particularly those students who could not otherwise afford to pay upfront.
Course eligibility for VET Student Loans will be limited to courses that have a high national priority, meet industry needs, contribute to addressing skills shortages and lead to employment outcomes.
Student eligibility
There are specific criteria students must meet to be eligible for a loan through VET Student Loans.
Students must have been assessed as academically suited to undertake the eligible course and their FEE-HELP balance must be greater than zero. Furthermore, a student must be:
  • an Australian citizen; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia; or
  • be a qualifying New Zealand citizen.
What students need to know about VET Student Loans?
A range of measures will be implemented from 1 January 2017 that will affect students hoping to access income contingent loans to pay for their course fees.

Loan caps 
  • Eligible students will be entitled for loans up to a capped amount.
  • Providers may charge above the cap for a course, and if so, students will be expected to pay the difference. Payments will be required according to the provider’s billing period.
Eligible courses
  • Certain Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas are eligible for VET Student Loans that are linked to industry needs and employment outcomes.
  • If you wish to access a loan to study a higher level VET course you will need to select one of these eligible courses.
  • A list of eligible courses and capped loan amounts can be found here
  • Eligible courses, and the providers approved to deliver them, will also be available on myskills - Australia’s directory of training.
  • Repaying the loan is required when your income reaches the repayment threshold. The threshold is adjusted each year and for the 2016–17 income year it is $54,869 or above.  Further information regarding the threshold can be found at
  • You will be required to demonstrate you are progressing throughout your course.
  • From 1 July 2017, you will be required to log in online twice during the year and acknowledge that you accept the loan you will receive for the course.
If you have any questions, concerns, or require more information regarding any element of VET Student Loans Department of Education and Training HELP Student Enquiry line on 1800 020 108 or email
Students wishing to apply must first read the 2017 VET Student Loans Information Booklet​
Current Students Accessing VET FEE-HELP
Students who have an existing VET FEE-HELP loan have the option to continue accessing VET FEE-HELP for units with a census date to 31 December 2017. The Department of Education and Training will contact you asking if you wish to continue accessing VET FEE-HELP.
Some grandfathered students, who have accessed VET FEE-HELP and completed units in 2017, but have not yet completed their course, may be eligible to extend their VET FEE-HELP assistance into 2018 under exceptional circumstances.​ Read more about this >>​

Government subsidies

Government subsidised education and training fees are structured according to course categories. All national and state recognised qualifications fit into one of the four course categories. The tuition fee is calculated using the applicable subsidised hourly rate times the course hours in any one year. There is a minimum and maximum fee that a student will pay in any one year.

>> more information on government subsidies and find out if you are eligible for funding.

You may be eligible for a government-subsidised place in a vocational training course. This is called the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG). If you are eligible the government will contribute to the cost of training.

>> read more on government subsidised training under the Victorian Training Guarantee.

Employer assistance

If your study is part of workplace training, an apprenticeship or traineeship, your employer may make a contribution to your tuition fees. In some cases this will be as a reimbursement to you or they may pay on receipt of an invoice from Bendigo TAFE. You will need to discuss and agree on this with your employer. If this is the case, you must bring a signed letter of authority from your employer stating that they will pay the cost of the training.

If a student is sponsored by their employer or any other organisation, an invoice can be raised. However, a letter from the employer/organisation needs to be provided at enrolment for an invoice to be raised. Please note that if any employer/organisation is paying for a student's fees the concession fee still applies. Invoices are not raised to individual students.

Government initiatives

In some trade areas, there are a number of government initiatives that allow students to claim a materials or tools for trade rebate for items that are considered essential items for their trade.

>> further information on the Australian Apprenticeships website. 

Important information for TAFE fee concessions

If you are a vocational education student, you may be entitled to a concession on your fees if you are in a government funded place and you meet the eligibility criteria. In general, you are eligible if you have a valid concession card issued by Centrelink and presented at the time of enrolment. A card is deemed to be valid where the card start date is before or on your first scheduled class. You must present the original of your valid concession card when you enrol. If you have applied for, but not received, your concession card then you are permitted to present a letter from Centrelink called ‘Confirmation of Concession Card Entitlement’ that confirms you have submitted your application and been approved for your concession card. This letter from Centrelink must be presented at the time of your enrolment.

How much you will pay

If your tuition fee concession application is successful, your concession fee will be charged at 20% of the government funded tuition rate for your program.

Eligibility criteria and supporting documentation

The eligibility criteria for a TAFE fee concession are set by the Victorian Government and assessed by the Institute in accordance with government directives. These eligibility criteria and directives are subject to change at any time.
Students are eligible for a TAFE fee concession if they:

  • are enrolled into Certificate I to Certificate IV courses
  • hold a valid Concession/Pension card issued by Centrelink or are named on a Concession/Pension card as a dependent child/spouse.

Students are ineligible for a TAFE fee concession if they:

  • are enrolled in a Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • are enrolled in a full fee place or international full fee place.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in a government funded place will continue to be eligible to access concession at all program levels (including diploma, advanced diploma, vocational graduate certificate and vocational graduate diploma programs).
Documentation required to support your application: if you have a valid Commonwealth Health Care, Pensioner or Veteran’s Gold card, the original or a certified copy of the relevant cards must be provided. If you do not have one of these cards, or your card is not valid, please select concession category – Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander without concession card, on the form.

When to apply

You must apply (on your enrolment form) for fee concession with all supporting documentation prior to commencement of training (first scheduled class). No applications will be accepted after this date. Information on class start dates is available from your Teaching Department.
Please note: Submission of the fee concession request does not guarantee that a concession fee will be approved. You will be notified by the Institute if your application is unsuccessful and you are not eligible for a fee concession, in which case you will remain liable for full tuition fees if you do not withdraw from the program prior to your first class census date/or within 28 days of your first class, in the relevant term.

How to apply

  • You must apply for concession for each new teaching period ie semester or when your concession status changes.
  • Complete the Fee Concession on the Enrolment form for the program in which you are seeking a concession.
  • Before your first scheduled class present your original and a photocopy of your valid concession card (or letter confirming eligibility from Centrelink) as well as any other documentation which will support your application at the Customer Service Centre at your relevant campus location

If you cannot present a valid and current concession card at your enrolment or before your classes start you will be charged the non-concession fee. Call 13 TAFE (8233) or visit a Customer Service Centre at your campus if you would like further information.

Part Payment Plan

Part payment plans are available to students enrolling at Bendigo TAFE. A part payment plan allows the cost of the course (including tuition, amenities and material fees) to be paid over a period of time.
The part payment plan option is managed by Debitsuccess. Debitsuccess handle all credit management for Bendigo TAFE; existing credits and new credit applications.
The benefits of Debitsuccess are:
  • Direct Entry upon enrolment of student
  • Ability for students to pay via credit card
  • Increase of credit checks from $1000 to $3000
  • If a student under 18 has signed a guarantor form upon enrolment they are able to enter into a part payment plan with Bendigo TAFE.
Debitsuccess bill payments are a simple and secure way to pay for your TAFE studies. Read more in their information brochure. Follow the part payment plan check list to ensure a smooth enrolment process and start an application today.

Non-government subsidised education and training fee

If a student is not eligible for a government subsidy, the education and training fees will be based on a fixed fee per course which incorporates both the tuition and student services and amenities fee components. An hourly tuition rate is also provided for partial enrolment purposes. This hourly rate multiplied by the number of hours of enrolment (includes amenities) and in addition to tuition fee, add:
  • materials fee (optional)
  • consumables/incidentals
  • printing fees pre-paid voucher (optional)
  • clinical placement fee – Diploma of Nursing only.

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