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Fees and Financial Assistance

Paying for Your Course

Smart and Skilled Student Fees for 2015

To be eligible to access government subsidised training 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, including fee exemption or concession.

Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who live or work within New South Wales and who live at identified postcodes which border NSW shall have access to government subsidised training places in TAFE NSW.

Apprentices who are registered in Victoria and are required to undertake training at TAFE NSW will continue to be eligible to access government subsidised training places.

If you are not a resident of NSW or working within NSW, you will be charged a commercial fee.

When you enrol in a government subsidised TAFE NSW course you will be required to pay the Smart and Skilled Student Fee, unless you qualify for a fee exemption or fee concession.

Under Smart and Skilled you are charged one fee for the whole qualificatin, rather than an annual fee. This means you'll know the total cost of your course before you start.

The Smart and Skilled Student Fee you pay will depend on your eligibility and your past studies.

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).

All Smart and Skilled Student Fees are subject to change by State Training Services.

All TAFE NSW fees and charges are subject to change.

Students studying at Diploma or above level will be able to apply for a VET FEE-HELP loan. Eligible students in NSW government subsidised training places studying in selected Certificate IV courses may also be able to apply for a loan.


  • The Smart and Skilled Student 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.

Transition arrangements for current and prospective TAFE NSW students:

The Smart and Skilled website has further information on Smart and Skilled, including eligibility.

You can also visit the Smart and Skilled website to view the 2015 Skills List qualificiations, check your eligibility and calculate your course fee.

1 January to 31 December 2014

 From 1 January 2015

  •  Students commencing a Skills List Course and who meet individual requirements will pay 2014 TAFE NSW fees up till 31 Deember 2014. (Government funding support continues to completion)
  •  Students commencing a non-Skills List course and who meet individual eligibility requirements will pay 2014 TAFE NSW fees up till 31 December 2014. (Government funding support ceases at 31 December 2014).
  • 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 will pay commercial fees.

Training Programs & Short Courses

TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute also offers a wide range of short courses and customised training programs.

For more information about Short Courses and Customised Training programs call 131 870.
Western Sydney Institute Colleges offer support services to help you make the most of your TAFE learning experience.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available through Centrelink for students studying full-time and part-time. Check out the TAFE NSW website for more information.

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Apprentices and trainees

Australian Apprentices and trainees, of any age, pay a capped fee for apprenticeship and traineeship courses. To be eligible for the capped fee you must provide proof of your apprenticeship or traineeship.

There are new fee arrangements for NSW apprentices and eligible new-entrant trainee continuing in their qualification from 2014 into 2015.

Instalment Plans

To assist you make your study choices, Western Sydney Institute now has Instalment options to help you pay your tuition fees. Please speak with your local Customer Service Office for more information.

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