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Fees and payment options

​In order to be considered as an enrolled student and access all South Metropolitan TAFE student facilities, you must pay your fees in full or enter into a fee payment arrangement at the time of enrolment. Your enrolment may be cancelled if you do not finalise your fees as soon as possible.

Fees are paid by the semester and must be paid at the time of enrolling, unless you qualify for a fee instalment plan or a VET Student Loan. 

What will the fees be?

Fees are made up of tuition and resource fees and they will vary according to the type of course you are studying and on electives chosen. A list of courses available at South Metropolitan TAFE for 2017 along with the indicative fees is provided below. These are estimated 2017 tuition and resources fees for the average course: 

 

Tuition Fees​​​

Tuition fees are fees that have been set by the Government of Western Australia’s Department of Training and Workforce Developm​ent.

In 2017 Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses will have an annual fee cap per course of $7,860 per year.  There is no fee cap available for Certificate l – IV qualifications.

In addition, students of secondary school age* have an annual cap of $420 on their tuition fees once they have enrolled in a full-time course (some resource fees may apply).

*These are students born between 1 July 1999 and 30 June 2002, who are at least 15 years old and who undertake training that is not part of a VET in Schools program.

State Priority Training Courses

Future Skills WA is a State Government initiative that invests in training that equips people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand in Western Australia.

Future Skills WA provides a guaranteed, subsidised training place for eligible students enrolled in courses that are deemed State priority qualifications, where a training place is available.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a priority for the State Government, as are foundation skills. Other priority training areas are identified on the State’s priority industry qualifications list.

Resource Fees

Resource Fees cover materials purchased by South Metropolitan TAFE to be consumed or transformed by students in the course of instruction. The resource fee also covers internet charges and other services utilised by students during their course. Any equipment that will be retained as your own personal property must be purchased separately. 

Both tuition (course) and resource fees are required to be paid at time of enrolment. 

Concessions

A Concession rate is available for students enrolled in certificate I, II, III and IV courses only. If you are eligible for a concession you will pay 30% of the tuition fees. No concession is given for the resource fees.

Minors in the secondary school age who undertake training that is not part of a VET in Schools program are also eligible for a concession of their fees. However, the tuition fees for these students are capped at $420 per student.

Students are entitled to the Concession Rate on tuition fees if they are a person or dependent of a person holding any of the following:

  • A current Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card;

  • A current Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs;

  • Persons aged 15 to 17 years (born between 1 July 1999 and 31 December 2002, who are at least 15 years old and who undertake training that is not part of a VET in Schools program).

To claim the Concessional Rate you must provide valid proof of your concession at the time of enrollment otherwise you will be charged the full cost.

Payment options

There are a number of options detailed below to assist you with funding your studies at South Metropolitan TAFE.

An enrolment at South Metropolitan TAFE​ is not complete until your fees and charges are paid, deferred payment arrangements have been made or fees and charges have been waived.

All students including apprentices and trainees are legally liable to pay fees. Students must not have an outstanding debt at South Metropolitan TAFE before enrolling into a course.

On enrolment, you will take up one of the following payment options:

a) pay the full amount of fees and charges;

b) present a signed authority from an employer to invoice that employer for the student’s fees and charges;

c) pay fees by instalments;

d) the acceptance by South Metropolitan TAFE of the student’s intent to defer payment and their eligibility to do so under the Commonwealth Government’s VET Student Loans program;

e) pay part of the full amount of fees and charges and defer payment of the other part under the Commonwealth Government’s VET Student Loans program; or

f) make application on the grounds of severe financial hardship for fees and charges to be waived.​

 

Students who fail to take up one of the above options will not be enrolled. 
  

Paying in full upfront​​​

Payment can be made in person by EFTPOS, direct debit, cheque or credit card during enrolment at the Customer Services counters. Payments can also be made over the phone via credit card. These options are only available for full payments.

Minors can only set up an instalment plan with a legal guardian or parent co-signing the agreement.
  

Paying by instalment with deposit​​​

Instalment plans will be available to students enrolled in certificate I, II, III, IV and diploma courses, a minimum deposit of $100 or more of your semester course will be required with the balance payable over 8 fortnightly payments. Students must complete their enrolment and instalment agreement in person at one of our main campuses. 
   

Apprentices and trainees​​​

If you are a registered apprentice and trainee and your employer is not paying your fees then you can either pay your fees in full or enter into a Fees Payment Agreement for apprentices with a $100 deposit.​​​​

For all other certificate students, there are a number of options for managing your payment, with the majority of students paying in full upfront during enrolment.​
  

Student Loans

Eligible students of Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications can opt to defer the payment of all or part of their fees by applying for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan. Eligible students of Higher Education Diplomas and Associated Degree qualifications can opt to defer the payment of all or part of their fees by applying for a Commonwealth FEE-HELP Loan.

Under these schemes you take out a loan from the Commonwealth to pay for your current enrolment. You will start repaying the loan through the taxation system when your income exceeds a set level ($54,869 in the 2016/2017 financial year)

Find out all the information you need to know about Student Loans.

withdrawals and refunds
Know ahead of time what your rights are in case you change your mind or need to withdraw from a course. For more information visit our Withdrawals and Refunds page.
Page last updated July 25, 2017