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
  • if you are eligible for a government-subsidised place
  • whether you are enrolling in a Higher Education (undergraduate or post graduate) course
  • You might be eligible for tuition fee concessions or exemptions - read on to find out more

Please note, in addition to your tutition, 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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Tuition Fees

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
  • Grarduate 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 some 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 receiving core skills training in other sectors)
  • 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

and finally are:

  • commencing/concurrently studying no more than 2 government-subsidised courses in a calendar year;
  • commencing no more than 2 government-subsidised courses at the same Australian Qualification Framework level in your lifetime (some exemptions apply – 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.

Under 17?

  • 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 Elibility Exclusions

  • 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.
  • 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).

* 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 Student Administration Unit when enrolling in 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 Victorian Training Guarantee 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

Automotive Supply Training Initiative

Individuals referred to training under the Automotive Supply Chain Training Initiative must meet all Victorian Training Guarantee eligibility criteria except the upskilling requirements.

Individuals must present with their authorised referral letter from the Department (DEECD) and evidence of their current or recent employment in the automotive supply chain. This may take the form of:

  • a separation certificate; or
  • a letter of separation from their previous employer/receiver on company/receiver letterhead; or
  • a statement of service including the date of cessation of employment; or
  • a letter specifying that retrenchment will occur on a nominated date from their current employer on company/receiver letterhead; or
  • a Centrelink Employment Separation Certificate provided that the reason for separation falls within the following categories: ‘shortage of work’, ‘unsuitability for this kind of work’, or ‘redundancy’

Workers in Transition Program/Retrenched Workers

Retrenched employees must meet all Victorian Training Guarantee eligibility criteria except the ‘upskilling’ requirement.

Individuals referred to training under the Workers in Transition/Retrenched Workers Initiative must present with a Workers in Transition Program Eligibility Letter issued by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (the Department) and a copy of a notification of employment separation. This notification may take the form of:

  • a separation certificate; or
  • a letter of separation from their previous employer/receiver on company/receiver letterhead; or
  • a statement of service including the date of cessation of employment; or
  • a letter specifying that retrenchment will occur on a nominated date from their current employer on company/receiver letterhead; or
  • a Centrelink Employment Separation Certificate provided that the reason for separation falls within the following categories: ‘shortage of work’, ‘unsuitability for this kind of work’, or ‘redundancy’.

Referred individuals must commence training within twelve months of the date shown on the front of the Eligibility Letter issued by the Department.

Back to Work Scheme

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

Student 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.

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Free TAFE for Priority Courses

From 1 January 2019, 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 20 priority TAFE courses and 18 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 will reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand. It will give more 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. 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.

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Full Tuition Fee Places

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

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/VET FEE-HELP applies to eligible students enrolling in Diploma/Advanced Diploma/Vocational Graduate Certificate TAFE courses

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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