Fees

Tuition Fees & Associated Costs

The tuition fees you pay will depend on multiple factors. Read on to find out more.

What you need to know

about tuition fees

As a Box Hill Institute student, the tuition fees you pay will depend on:

  • whether you are enrolling in a VET/TAFE level course (certificates and diplomas)
  • if you are eligible for a government-subsidised place
  • whether you are enrolling in a Higher Education course (undergraduate or post graduate) 
  • For VET/TAFE courses, you might be eligible for tuition fee concessions or exemptions - read on to find out more

Please note, in addition to your tuition, the following fees can apply:

  • Service and amenity fee
  • Materials fee
  • Core skills support fee

The course pages outline the fees for each course.

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International Students

Please refer to the Courses for International Students.

Domestic Students TAFE/VET

TAFE/VET Fees apply for the following course level in TAFE/VET

Rate type: Government subsidised or Full-fee, HELP loan is not available

  • VCE/VCAL (senior secondary)
  • Certificate I
  • Certificate II
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV

Rate type: Government subsidised or Full-fee, HELP loan is available (approved courses only)

  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Vocational Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Certificate (VET)
  • Vocational Graduate Diploma
  • Graduate Diploma (VET)

Domestic Students Higher Education

Higher Education fees apply

Rate type: Full-fee only, FEE-Help is available

  • Diploma (Higher Education)
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Certificate (HE)
  • Graduate Diploma (HE)
  • Masters

Tuition Fee Rates

Tuition Fee Rates are set at a different rate for every course. Please search for your course to view what fees you will need to pay.

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Government Subsidised Place Eligibility

The Victorian Government provides subsidised places for eligible residents into many TAFE courses. In general, you are eligible for a government-subsidised training place if you are:

  • studying in Victoria for the duration of your studies
  • an Australian citizen, or;
  • an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa), or;
  • a New Zealand citizen, or;
  • an Asylum seeker/victim of human trafficking (you must have ARC/ASRC referral, or online VEVO validation by Institute staff)

and are any of the following:

  • under 20 years of age
  • any age and seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are not already enrolled in Commonwealth ‘Skills for Education and Employment’ program)
  • any age and seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL
  • any age and seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship
  • 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification (some exemptions and exclusions apply – see Eligibility Exemptions and Eligibility Notes below, or check with us if you are not sure).

and finally are:

  • commencing/concurrently studying no more than 2 government-subsidised courses in a calendar year (some exceptions apply – see Eligibility Notes below);
  • commencing no more than 2 government-subsidised courses at the same Australian Qualification Framework level in your lifetime (some exemptions apply – see Eligibility Exemptions and Eligibility Notes below, or check with us if you are not sure).

If you are enrolled at a secondary school, you will not be able to receive a government-subsidised training place for a course, unless you are undertaking the course as part of a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. The Government supports schools in other ways to offer vocational training to their students, so you should discuss all your options with our Offers and Admissions staff.

Note: age is calculated as at the first day of the calendar year (1 Jan), in which students enrol to courses.

You are also required to:

  • obtain a USI (Unique Student Identifier) prior to enrolment as part of your eligibility for a government subsidised place.
  • show evidence of your citizenship/residency and age at enrolment. This can include one of the following (original or certified copy required, plus an additional photocopy to submit):
    • a current green Medicare card
    • an Australian birth certificate (not birth extract)
    • a current Australian passport
    • a current New Zealand passport
    • a naturalisation certificate (Australian citizenship certificate)
    • formal papers from DIBP confirming permanent residence.

If you are under 20 proof of age must also be presented, if not included in one of the above documents.

This can include:

  • Driver’s license or learner’s permit
  • Proof of Age card
  • Keypass card

Under 17?

If you will still be under 17 by the commencement of your course, additional requirements and documents are required:

  • If you are under 17 with year 10, you must bring correspondence from your school principal to move to Box Hill Institute or CAE.
  • If you are under 17 without year 10, you must bring correspondence from a Department Regional Director to move from your school to Box Hill Institute or CAE.

You can also check what you may be eligible for using the interactive Victorian Skills Gateway Eligibility Indicator.

Impact on Future Eligibility

Students accessing a government subsidised place in a TAFE course should be aware that the course is being subsidised by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments under the Skills First Program. Note that enrolling in a Government Subsidised place will affect future training options and eligibility for further Government Subsidised training under the Skills First Program.

General Eligibility Exclusions

  • Secondary school students already enrolled with a separate government, non-government, independent or catholic secondary school, or registered for home schooling, are generally not eligible for a government subsidised place at TAFE (school based trainees and school based apprentices excepted).
  • Prisoners detained in a custodial setting are not eligible for a government subsidised place. The only exception is an individual on a community based order, or, an individual from the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre, where students can physically access training outside a custodial setting without supervision. Such students must present with a letter from the Department of Human Services, confirming their status in line with this rule, and then attach the letter to the student’s enrolment form.
  • Students detained under the Mental Health Act 1986; or the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1987 or the Sentencing Act 1991 at the Thomas Embling Hospital are not eligible for a government subsidised place.

Eligibility Exemptions

In 2020 Box Hill Institute has a number of Eligibility Exemptions available for Senior Secondary and VET/TAFE level courses.

If granted, this exemption will waive the following criteria, enabling the individual access to a government subsidised place and fee rates, providing all other eligibility criteria are met:

  • Upskilling clause for students aged 20+
  • Two at level commencements in a lifetime clause

Check with us if you are not sure.

Eligibility Notes

Upskilling – further notes

For students aged 20+ for the purpose of determining whether an individual is ‘upskilling’, the following can be excluded from the upskilling assessment, and are thus not taken into account:

  • Senior secondary courses completed (VCE, VCAL, International Baccalaureate and Interstate Year 12 certificates)
  • Qualifications listed in the Foundation Skills list
  • Any VET certificates completed as part of a senior secondary qualification (including school-based apprenticeships/traineeships)
  • Non-Australian qualifications, except where equivalency has been formally established with a qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework

Studying a maximum of 2 government subsidised courses in a year – further notes

The following are not taken into account when calculating the 2 course yearly maximum:

  • An individual transitioning from a superseded qualification to the current version of the qualification
  • An individual recommencing training in the same qualification (either at the same or a different provider)
  • An individual seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship (not traineeship) after having participated in one the pre-apprenticeship/pathway qualifications
  • Students who have completed the 22469VIC Course in introduction to the NDIS
  • Study in the Skills Uplift Pilot Program
  • Students who have completed the 22510VIC – Course in identifying and responding to family violence risk

Commencing no more than 2 government-subsidised courses at the same Australian Qualification Framework level – further notes

The following are not taken into account when determining the number of courses already commenced at the same AQF level:

  • Senior secondary courses completed (VCE, VCAL, International Baccalaureate and Interstate Year 12 certificates)
  • Qualifications listed in the Foundation Skills list
  • Any VET certificates completed as part of a senior secondary qualification (including school-based apprenticeships/traineeships)
  • Where an individual is transitioning from a superseded qualification to the current version of the qualification
  • Where an individual is recommencing training in the same qualification (either at the same or a different provider)
  • Students who have completed the 22469VIC Course in introduction to the NDIS
  • Study in the Skills Uplift Pilot Program
  • Students who have completed the 22510VIC – Course in identifying and responding to family violence risk.

Please note: Information is subject to change pending notification of changes of government policy for government subsidised places. Some eligibility exclusions may apply. Please check your eligibility for a government subsidised place with our Offers and Admissions Team when applying for your course.

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Government Subsidised Place Special Initiatives

A number of special initiatives may have relaxed certain element/s only of the eligibility criteria, including:

Asylum Seekers and Victims of Human Trafficking Initiative

Individuals referred to training under the Asylum Seekers and Victims of Human Trafficking Initiative must meet all Skills First eligibility criteria except the citizenship requirements.

Individuals must present with either:

  • their authorised referral form/s from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre or the Australian Red Cross, prior to enrolment; or
  • their visa to enable Institute staff to undertake an online VEVO check to validate that your visa complies – please remember to bring your visa with you

Eligible visas are:

  • Bridging Visa Class E (BVE);
  • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV); or
  • Temporary Protection Visa (TPV)

Eligible individuals will receive access to a government subsidised place in a government-funded Senior Secondary or VET course. Concession tuition fee rates will also apply at the Senior Secondary and Certificate I-IV course levels only.

Skills First Youth Access Initiative

This initiative is to support young people who have been, or are currently on a Youth Justice Order or a Child Protection Order or are a resident of an Education First Youth Foyer, and who are 24 years of age and under, to participate in education and training.

Individuals referred to training under this Initiative must meet all Skills First eligibility criteria

Individuals must present with their authorized referral letter from the Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Justice & Community Safety or an approved referral agency contracted by the Victorian or Commonwealth Government to provide services to children, youth and/or families.

Eligible individuals will receive access to a government subsidised place in a government-funded Senior Secondary or VET course. A full tuition fee waiver will apply.

Back to Work Scheme

Back to Work scheme participants must meet all Skills First eligibility criteria except the ‘upskilling’ requirement, and the ‘2 commencements in a lifetime at the same AQF level limit’ requirement.

Students are required to present with a Standard Email issued by the State Revenue Office to the student’s employer confirming student status as a ‘Back to Work’ participant.

Latrobe Valley Initiative

Students under this initiative must meet all Skills First eligibility criteria except the ‘upskilling’ requirement, and the ‘2 commencements in a lifetime at the same AQF level limit’ requirement.

Students are required to present with a referral from Latrobe Valley Authority or the Morewell Skills and Jobs Centre.

For former Engie employees of Hazelwood power plant and mine only, a separation certificate or letter confirming their retrenchment from work at the power station or mine will also be acceptable.

TAFE NDIS Training Campaign

This initiative is to support students wishing to undertake the 22469VIC Course in National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Students under this initiative must meet all Skills First eligibility criteria except the ‘upskilling’ requirement, the ‘2 commencements in a lifetime at the same AQF level limit’ requirement, and the studying a maximum of 2 courses in a year requirement. 

Furthermore, students who have undertaken the 22469VIC Course in National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), who then go on to also study a related NDIS qualification, will also have the following criteria waived from the related qualification: Upskilling’ requirement; ‘2 commencements in a lifetime at the same AQF level limit’ requirement; studying 2 course maximum in a year requirement.

Delivery of Training to Support the 10-Year Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response

This initiative is to support students wishing to undertake the 22510VIC Course in identifying and responding to family violence risk.

Students under this initiative must meet all Skills First eligibility criteria except the ‘upskilling’ requirement, the ‘2 commencements in a lifetime at the same AQF level limit’ requirement, and the studying a maximum of 2 courses in a year requirement.

Furthermore, students who have undertaken the 22510VIC Course in identifying and responding to family violence risk, who then go on to also study the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, will also have the following criteria waived from their enrolment in the TAE40116 qualification: Upskilling’ requirement; ‘2 commencements in a lifetime at the same AQF level limit’ requirement. Such students must present with a referral letter issued by GEN VIC to access this eligibility waiver.

Eligibility Exemptions

In 2020 Box Hill Institute has a number of Eligibility Exemptions available for Senior Secondary and VET/TAFE level courses.

If granted, this exemption will waive the following criteria, enabling the individual access to a government subsidised place and fee rates, providing all other eligibility criteria are met:

  • Upskilling clause for students aged 20+
  • Two at level commencements in a lifetime clause

Students referred under any of the following initiatives will be given priority in access to an Eligibility Exemption:

  • Retrenched workers
  • Automotive supply chain workers
  • Jobs Victoria Employment Network Clients

Such students must present with:

  • A separation certificate from the individual’s employer
  • A letter from an employer/receiver on company /receiver letterhead stating that the individual has been made redundant
  • A letter from the individual’s current employer on company /receiver letterhead stating that retrenchment will occur for that individual on a nominated date; or
  • If an individual is a JVEN client, a signed JVEN registration form.
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Free TAFE for Priority Courses

In 2019-2020, the State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will cover the cost of tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government subsidised training. The State Government is investing $172 million to make over 40 priority TAFE courses and pre-apprenticeship courses tuition fee free.

Please note that there are other fees (such as student services fees and materials fees) that you will have to cover yourself. These other fees vary depending on which course you are studying. Details are available on individual courses.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses reduces the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand. It gives Victorians the chance to study at TAFE where, more than ever, they can learn the skills we need to build our state.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course commencement in a Free-TAFE listed course only, in their lifetime.

Eligibility

Any Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen is eligible to do Free TAFE for Priority Courses in Victoria if they meet the following criteria.

Under 20 or upskilling:

  • are under 20 (regardless of any other qualifications), or
  • are 20 or older and enrolling in a course that is a higher qualification than you’ve previously attained

Victorians who need additional support:

  • unemployed and clients of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network
  • retrenched workers, or
  • automotive supply chain workers

People looking to change careers:

  • Victorians who want to reskill, change careers, improve their employment prospects and/or meet the needs of local industries, subject to availability of TAFE places, and prioritised based on need

Exemptions

If you don’t meet these criteria you may qualify for an eligibility exemption. An exemption will enable you to receive a Free TAFE place in 2019-2020. Enquire now to find out if you qualify.

Please note: The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have enrolled in a tuition free priority course, you cannot get a tuition free place again, even if you do not finish your first tuition free priority course. However, if you didn’t finish your Free TAFE course, you may re-commence that same Free TAFE course only to finish it off, either with the same or a different provider. This is OK under your one Free TAFE commencement.

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Full Tuition Fee Places

Full Tuition Fee places do not attract any government funding for the delivery of the course.

For VET courses, if you are not eligible for a government subsidised place or are on a temporary resident visa, you will be charged Full Tuition Fees for the calendar year. Further fees apply in subsequent years.

Please note that Full Tuition Fee rates vary, depending on the length and nature of the course. VET Student Loan applies to eligible domestic students enrolling in Diploma/Advanced Diploma/Vocational Graduate Certificate TAFE courses that are approved for VET Student Loans.

All Higher Education Degree courses are offered on a Full Tuition Fee basis only, as no government subsidy applies. FEE-HELP applies to eligible domestic students enrolling in any Degree course.

Please go to the course of your choice for a guide to applicable fees. 

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Concessions & Exemptions

Concessions

You will pay the relevant concession fee if you hold or are listed as a dependent on:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card (HCC)
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Veterans’ Gold Card
  • if you are an Indigenous student*
  • if you are an Asylum Seeker/victim of Human Trafficking (as referred by ASRC)

and

  • you are enrolling in a Certificate I – IV level course; or
  • you are enrolling in a VCE/VCAL course

At the Diploma/Advanced Diploma level, the 20% concession fee rate is only available to indigenous students.

Concession fees do not apply if:

  • you are commencing a diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate, graduate diploma course
  • you are not eligible for a government subsidised place

If you consider you are eligible for a fee reduction, you must present your valid card/proof at enrolment and prior to course commencement. You must also submit a photocopy of your valid card/proof with your enrolment form, so also bring a photocopy of your card/proof with you to enrolment.

Concessions are not granted retrospectively – you must have your valid card/proof at enrolment to receive the tuition fee discount.

* For indigenous students the concession rate applies to all course levels (Certificate I – Graduate Diploma)


Exemptions

Skills First Youth Access Initiative

If you are under the Skills First Youth Access Initiative, you may be entitled to a tuition fee waiver ($0) at enrolment. You must present a Skills First Youth Access Initiative referral form at enrolment.


Community Based Order

If you are on a community based order (non custodial) you may be entitled to a tuition fee waiver ($0) at enrolment. You must present a letter confirming your status from the Youth Justice Unit of the Department of Human Services at enrolment. 

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