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Course Fees


What will my course cost

The cost of your course is outlined in the course information listing. Search for a course the meets your needs.

The cost of your TAFE Queensland East Coast course depends on a number of factors, such as:

  • whether you are studying full-time, part-time or online
  • the course you have chosen and the length of it
  • whether you can gain course credits through recognition of prior learning
  • your eligibility for concessions
  • fee exemptions or subsidies.

TAFE Queensland East Coast accepts payments via direct debit or BPay online or in person at Student Services via EFTPOS and credit card only. Cash payments on campuses are currently being phased out.

Fees are payable at the time of enrolment, but there are other deferred payment options available to you. Continue reading to learn more about  Payment Plans

VET Student Loans

TAFE Queensland East Coast students can now access a VET Student Loan up to a certain amount (called a loan cap) for a range of eligible courses.

TAFE Queensland receives your tuition fees from the Australian Government and you repay your loan through the Australian tax system. When your income reaches the repayment threshold, you start making repayments until you have repaid the whole loan amount.

A VET Student Loan is only for tuition fees, and doesn't cover additional study costs such as your text books, materials and accommodation.

Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay the difference (referred to as a gap) between the course cost and the VET Student Loan Cap.

You can access a payment plan to help you pay off the remaining gap amount in instalments.

View further information on VET Student Loans.

Payment plans

TAFE Queensland East Coast offers an interest free payment plan option to approved students allowing them to pay off their fees in instalments over the duration of their study. Terms and conditions apply, and payment plans are only offered through Direct Bank Debit contracts.

To apply for a payment plan you will need to visit Student Service Centre and bring ALL of the following documentation:

  • official photo ID (passport, driver's license or 18+ card)
  • If you are under 18 you will need a person over 18 years of age to act as your Loan Guarantor and they must provide photo ID also.
  • Evidence of bank account details for direct debit contract.

Please note the payment plan option is not available for programs running less than 4 weeks.

Fee concession

You may be eligible for a fee concession on a Government subsidised program if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You hold a current Centrelink Health Care Card, Department of Veterans affairs card, or Pensioner Concession Card (or are a dependant of a cardholder)
  • You are of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • You must be a Queensland resident to access QLD Government subsidized programs.

Please note: Evidence of your concession must be produced at time of enrolment and cannot be backdated after enrolment has been processed.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides subsidies to assist eligible Queenslanders who do not have a post school qualification higher than a certificate II to obtain a certificate III level qualification. There is a vast range of certificate III qualifications subsidised under the Certificate 3 Guarantee.

Find out more about Cert 3 Guarantee on the Training website

Higher Level Skills

The Higher Level Skills Subsidy is a one-off subsidy that offsets the cost of an eligible Certificate IV or higher courses.

You're eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy if you:

  • are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • live in Queensland full time
  • are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • and don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate IV or higher level qualification.
  • Other restrictions or eligibility criteria may apply

Please note: As part of your enrolment into a Higher Level Skills program you will need to complete a student survey.

Find out more about Higher Level Skills on the Training website

Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates

Year 12 graduates will be able to access fee-free training in high priority areas from January 2015.

To be eligible for fee-free training, Year 12 graduates need to commence training in a high priority qualification with a pre-approved training provider within the calendar year following the completion of Year 12.

The Fee-free training will apply to high priority qualifications available under the Queensland Government's Certificate 3 Guarantee program or User Choice program, which funds workplace-based apprenticeship and traineeship training.

Find out more about Fee-free training for Year 12 Graduates on the Training website

Student Fee Schedule

For a full list of fees download the Student Fee Schedule here.