Fees

Tuition Fees & Associated Costs

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

Tuition Fees

What you need to know

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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Tuition Fees for Domestic Students

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 via VET Student 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

  • Undergraduate Certificate
  • 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.

Government Subsidised Place Eligibility

The Victorian Government provides subsidised places for eligible residents into many TAFE courses. This is via funding under Skills First.  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 (not a traineeship)
  • any age and seeking to enrol in a skill set
  • 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 qualifications and 2 government-subsidised skill sets 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); and
  • concurrently studying no more than 2 government subsidised programs (qualifications or skill sets) at any one time.

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 Student Recruitment 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
    • an Australian Citizenship Certificate
    • an Australian Certificate of Registration by Descent
    • formal papers from DIBP confirming permanent residence
    • a New Zealand Birth Certificate
    • a New Zealand Citizenship Certificate.

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

This can include:

  • a current driver’s license or learner’s permit
  • Proof of Age card
  • Keypass card
  • a current foreign passport

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
  • 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
  • If you are under 17 and not currently or have never been enrolled in a Victorian school (i.e. coming from interstate, overseas or home-schooling), you must bring correspondence/approval from a Department Regional Director to move to Box Hill Institute.

A completed 'Exemption from School Form' is the common method of acceptable corrrespondence to submit to us.  

You can also check what you may be eligible for using the 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).
  • Interstate residents (unless they are able to physically attend all training and assessment in Victoria)
  • Overseas residents
  • 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

Each year Box Hill Institute has a limited 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 commencements at same level lifetime limit 

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 completed overseas, except where equivalency has been formally established with a qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework

Studying a maximum of 2 government subsidised qualifications plus 2 government subsidised skill sets in a year – further notes

The following are not taken into account when calculating the 2 qualification and 2 skill set 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 undertaken any program as part of the Department's 'Construction Industry Skill Sets' initiative 
  • Students who have participated in 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)

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 Student Recruitment Team when applying for your course.

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); or
  • Bridging Visa Class F (BVF); or 
  • Humanatarian Stay (Temporary) (subclass 499) visa

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. (No concession applies to tuition fees at the Diploma or higher level).

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 Families, Fairness and Housing, The Deparment of Education and Training, 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.

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.

Under this initiative, students may be exempted from

  • 2 skill sets in a year limit and/or
  • 2 programs at a time limit

Eligibility Exemptions

Each year Box Hill Institute has a limited 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 same level maximum 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.

Job Trainer Initiative

Learn more about Job Trainer

Free-TAFE Initiative

Learn more about Free TAFE

Free TAFE for Priority 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 means that your tuition fees are fully waived. Please note that there are other fees (such as student services fees and materials fees) that you will still have to cover yourself. These other fees vary depending on which course you are studying. Details are available on individual courses

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.  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.

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. 

International Students

If you are an international student, please refer to the international courses page for more information about fees for international students. 

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.

If you are considering enrolling and intend to apply for a HCC with Centrelink, you should do so as soon as possible and well before your enrolment. Presentation of a HCC that is valid prior to your course commencement and at enrolment is required to be able to receive concession fee rates.

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


Tuition Fee Exemptions/Waivers

Skills First Youth Access Initiative

If you are under the Skills First Youth Access Initiative, you are 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 are 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. 

Judy Lazarus Transition Centre

If you are under the care of the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre, but are able to physically access training outside of the centre without supervision, you are entitled to a tuition fee waiver ($0) at enrolment.  You must provide a letter confirming your status from the management of the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre.

Enrolment in a FREE at TAFE Skill Set

If you are enrolling in one of the following ‘free at TAFE’ skills sets and meet citizenship/residency criteria, you are entitled to a tuition fee waiver ($0) at enrolment:
  • 22469VIC Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • (NDIS)
  • 22510VIC Course in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk
  • 22521VIC – Course in Gender Equity.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For further information regarding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) please CLICK HERE