In 2016 fees will be different for each course and the fee that you pay depends on your personal circumstances, your study history and the course that you choose.

There are eligibility criteria that you must meet to be able to access a government subsidised place in a course. To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, Australian humanitarian visa holder or a citizen of New Zealand
  • be older than 15 years of age
  • no longer be attending school
  • live or work in NSW

You will need to provide proof of identification and residency when you enrol into a course.


The fee that you pay for a Government subsidised course will also depend on what you have studied in the past: 

  • If you have never studied before, a greater part of your course price is paid by the Government, so the fee that you pay will be lower
  • If you have previously completed a course after high school, you may still be able to access a Government subsidised place, but the price will be slightly higher as the Government will contribute less to your course fees
  • In some cases, the courses that you have previously completed may impact on your eligibility for a Government subsidised place. You can find out if you are eligible for a subsidised place and work out an estimate of your course fee with the Smart and Skilled fee calculator available here.



Concessions are available for students who currently receive Centrelink benefits and meet the eligibility criteria to access a subsidised place. The concession fee amount is different for each level of course:

  • If you are completing a Certificate I course, the concession fee is $80
  • If you are completing a Certificate II course, the concession fee is $160
  • If you are completing a Certificate III course, the concession fee is $240
  • If you are completing a Certificate IV course, the concession fee is $240
  • If you are completing a Diploma or Advanced Diploma course, there are no concessions available, but you may be able to access VET FEE HELP. With VET FEE HELP you can study now and pay later. Further information regarding VET FEE HELP is available here.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and students with a disability, are exempt from paying course fees where they meet eligibility criteria to access a subsidised place. Students who have a long term condition, injury or disability may also be able to access a fee exemption. Our Customer Support staff can determine whether you are eligible for a fee exemption, and tell you about ways that TAFE New England can support you during your studies to get the most out of your course.

Flexible Payment Instalment Plan

At TAFE New England (TNE), we understand that paying for your course in a lump sum, upfront, is not easy for everyone.

We certainly don’t want money to be the thing that stops you from achieving your dreams. As a result, we have developed the TNE Flexible Instalment Payment Plan. This Plan has been designed to help you manage your course fees while studying.

You can read about the Plan here and print an Application Form here.


How to withdraw from your course and seek a refund

Please click here
( Student Fees & Refund Policy: https://staff.tafensw.edu.au/documents/2017/11/student-fees-and-refund-policy-tafe-nsw.pdf ) 
for withdrawal information and to download the Application Form.