International Student's Tuition, Fees and Charges

International students pay international student tuition fees which are different to domestic student tuition fees. All course fees are available on the individual course page.

Tuition Fees for commencing (new) international students must be paid as per the Letter of Offer terms, and prior to the issuing of the Confirmation of Enrolment. Tuition fees for continuing international students must be paid, as per invoice terms, by the first day of the semester.

Course Tuition Fees

Course tuition fees will be subject to annual increases. In cases where a course tuition fee changes between the date of the Letter of Offer and the date TAFE SA received the first tuition fee payment the International Unit may request the outstanding payment from the student.  The student’s place will not be deemed accepted until the full and revised tuition fee has been received.

Tuition fee changes will be communicated to students where practicable, through the international student newsletter and website. Students will be subject to tuition fee increases throughout the duration of their studies at TAFE SA.

International students who fast track their studies will be expected to pay the full tuition fee for their course as outlined in the Letter of Offer.  However the individual semester payments will be revised accordingly.  In cases where students have completed 1 semester earlier than planned, they will not be exempt from the final semester tuition fee and will be required to pay any outstanding fees prior to receiving their parchment.   

The International Unit may request a non-refundable deposit for any TAFE SA course contained within a package of courses. Details will be included in the Fees and Charges Schedule.

Failed and/or repeat units/subjects

International students will be charged for any units or subjects that are being repeated for any reason. 

Fees by Instalment/Payment Extensions

International students will not be exempt from fees should they face financial hardship. But, and only in exceptional circumstances, international students may apply for an extension to their tuition fee due date or to pay their tuition fee by instalments as per the relevant TAFE SA Policy.  Any requests must be made before the fee payment is due and students will be required to attend a counselling session with the International Student Support Consultant. Eligibility criteria applies and is outlined on the Request Form for Extension Payment by Instalment .

Recognition of Prior Learning

International students, studying Vocational Education & Training (VET) courses are eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  It is preferred that students apply for RPL at the time of their initial application, but students may also do this after commencement of their course, preferably within the first two weeks. The fee for RPL for international students is outlined in the Fees and Charges Schedule.

International students undertaking a higher education course are eligible to apply for credit.  There is no administration fee. 

Additional/incidental Fees

Additional/ Incidental fees are additional to the international student tuition fee and may be

  • costs to purchase a good or service that is not essential for the student to complete the course of study.
  • cost for a good or service that is essential to complete the course but is also made readily available at no additional fee (e.g. available in the library).
  • a fee for an essential good or service that becomes the physical property of the student or for food, transport and accommodation cost associated with, for example, field trips.

Students will be made aware of any additional or incidental fees before registration, and when these items will need to be purchased (for example, before commencement or after). Further details of additional fees will be provided during induction with the program area.

Fees and Charges Schedule

The Fees and Charges Schedule below is reviewed annually. It outlines all administration fees and charges that students must pay in relation to TAFE SA International Unit services and processes. 

Fees and Charges Schedule as at 6 July 2018

Change of Course Administration Fee $200.00 for current students. $0 for new/prospective students and students being transitioned as a result of course being superseded or course closure.
Deferral Administration Fee  $0
Fees by Instalment/Extension to payment Administration Fee
$300.00
COE Reinstatement Fee $200.00
Recognition of Prior Learning Application Fee $300.00 (once only fee per student) + $1.00 for every hour granted
 Dental Hygiene Admission Test$300.00 

Exclusions: International Student Tuition Fees and International Student Tuition Refund Fees are not included in this Schedule. See the International Student Tuition Refund Policy for the fees associated to refund requests. 

Non-payment of Tuition and Other Fees

Students who do not pay against the Invoice Terms will be at risk of having their enrolment and registration cancelled for future semesters, and having their Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) cancelled by the International Unit. 

TAFE SA will not allow international students with unpaid fees to re-enrol in any subsequent semesters unless alternative arrangements have been made (ie payment extensions). 

International students with outstanding fees will have their results withheld and will not obtain an academic transcript or parchment from TAFE SA. 

The International Unit will follow the requirements of the ESOS Act in relation to unpaid tuition fees and cancelling COEs.

See also: Refunds of Tuition Fees 

All refunds of tuition fees will be in compliance with the International Students: Tuition Fee Refund Policy and Refund Policy Table.  

International Students Receiving Permanent Residency Status

Students, as at the date of the commencement of their semester of study, who are still considered international students, but receive their PR status after the commencement, are not entitled to a refund of their current semester’s tuition fee, as per the International Student: Tuition Fee Refund Policy.

Students who have paid for their semester of study but have not yet commenced in that semester of study, will be entitled to a full refund of their tuition fee.  

Overseas Student Health Cover

All international students must pre-purchase Overseas Student Health Cover as a requirement for their student visa.