The cost of a course depends on the number of hours nominated for each unit of competency and the rate per hour charged. There are different rates according to eligibility for government subsidies and the type of study. Indicative costs of each course can be determined on each course page. Government subsidies are available to residents of South Australia - more information.
The cost indicated here will show the range of course fees payable based on units undertaken. There is no set fee for each unit as this varies according to the number of hours of tuition that is offered for the unit.
The minimum fee to complete the qualification is payable for the core units and the cheapest electives i.e. those which have the least number of hours.
The maximum fee to complete the qualification is payable for the core units and the most expensive electives ie those which have the most number of hours.
Students who are not eligible for any subsidies will pay the full fee rate.
Students who receive Commonwealth benefits may be eligible to pay a concession fee. No concessions are available for full fee paying students. Further details are available on the concessions page
Students who enrol online are advised of their actual course fees when they complete their registration in classes. The fee is based on subsidies, concessions, types of study and the actual units enrolled.
Only when students complete their enrolment and pay the applicable fees, will they be entitled to attend class, sit for examinations, receive results and complete qualifications as well as use amenities and services.
Fees and Charges
- All fees and charges are reviewed each semester and are subject to change
- Course fees will be published prior to the start of semester
- Changes to course fees apply to both continuing students and new students
- Financial assistance may be available via Fees by Instalment, VET Fee-Help or FEE-Help
The latest information will be available on the course page. Some courses will have no fees listed and students are encouraged to contact the relevant TAFE campus for further information.
Students thinking about studying at TAFE SA will need to think carefully about managing course costs and organise funds for payment before they enrol. Download "Money Matters" brochure about organisations and services that offer financial assistance or grants to students (PDF). You can also contact Learner Services for advice and referral.
Depending on the course, there may be an additional charge for materials including specialist kits, textbooks and uniforms that are paid for by the student and will become a student’s property. Details of additional fees are indicated at the relevant course page.