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.  


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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