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Financial support

Congratulations! You've decided to take the plunge and start studying. But how will you pay for it? Luckily TAFE Queensland has this covered.

There are many options available to help pay your fees and other costs while you're studying. We've listed them below for you.

But we understand it is confusing. So, if you're not sure what's right for you, or you have some questions, contact us and we'll talk you through it.

Help with Paying Fees

Study now , pay later - VET FEE-HELP

If you're studying one of our approved certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma courses, then the Australian Government can give you an interest-free loan. It's called VET FEE-HELP and helps pay for your course fees.

The government pays your fees directly to TAFE Queensland. Then, when you've landed your dream job and earn a certain amount of money, you'll start paying it back through tax.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

Certificate 3 Guarantee means you can receive money towards your fees for one certificate III qualification of your choice.

An initiative of the Queensland Government, the amount provided depends on the demand for skilled workers in each industry, and your eligibility.

Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates

If you've just finished Year 12, then TAFE Queensland will pay your fees for a Certificate III qualification in industries with high demands for trained professionals. This comes under the Certificate 3 Guarantee.

We want school leavers to gain the important skills and training they need before starting their university studies or careers - debt-free.

Fee-free childcare training

Studying a Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Children's Services? Then you can do it fee-free!

TAFE Queensland will pay your course fees but hurry, this offer expires 31 December 2014.

View our eligible course list

TAFE Queensland fee concessions

Some of our courses have reduced fees if they are government subsidised. This discount is available to students if:

  • You have not completed Year 12 and are under 17 at the end of February
  • You are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • You are the primary cardholder or a listed dependent for Centrelink, Health Care (Concession) Card, Pensioner Concession Card

Not all courses qualify for this concession, so contact TAFE Queensland for more information.

Help with living costs while studying

Tax incentives

You may be able to claim a deduction for the costs associated with study as a self-education expense through your tax return. Visit the Australian Taxation Office website to see if you can

Austudy and Youth Allowance

If you're 25 years or older, Austudy can provide financial assistance if you're studying or completing an apprenticeship full-time.

If you're under 25, then the Youth Allowance can help.


If you're unemployed and aged 22 or older, Newstart Allowance can help support your studies as part of your plan to find work.


Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders studying at TAFE Queensland can receive assistance through Abstudy. You might also qualify for extra payments for living allowance or to help with the cost of studying.

Pensioner Education Supplement

If you already receive certain Centrelink payments you are also eligible for the Pensioner Education Supplement or Abstudy Pensioner Education Supplement. Check out Centrelink for more details.

Australian Apprenticeship Incentive Program

Starting an apprenticeship? Then the Australian Apprenticeship Incentive Program helps you to buy tools, if you need to move away from home, or you're over 25 years.

Aged Care Education and Training Incentive Program

If you work in aged care and want to upgrade your skills, then you may be able to receive an incentive payment from the Australian Government. But be quick, you must start your course before 30 June 2014.


Contact TAFE Queensland in your region to see if any scholarships are available to help with your education and training expenses.

Or find out about scholarships offered through other government agencies, community organisations or private sponsors.

Training places for single and teenage parents

If you are under 20 years of age, have a child under the age of six and are receiving parenting payments you may be eligible for support to complete a training program with TAFE Queensland. Visit the Queensland Government's training website for more information.