Costs and financial help

Study costs will vary depending on the type and length of your course and where you choose to study. Generally, course fees are unavoidable but you may be eligible for financial help.


If you study at university or an approved higher education provider you will be offered either a:

  • Commonwealth-supported place where the Australian Government pays for part of your costs and you pay a student contribution


  • full-fee-paying place.

Whichever place you get, you may be eligible for financial help with study costs.

Fee help

Government support includes:

Vocational education and training (VET)

Help with tuition fees could be available if you are studying:

  • at diploma level or above
  • through an approved training provider.

VET Student Loans is available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training qualifications to pay their tuition fees.

Government subsidised training

You can search for information on government subsidised training on the Queensland Skills Gateway. The site features a simple questionnaire to help you find out if you are eligible to access any of the subsidised training options.

The Queensland Government offers a variety of subsidised training options to assist eligible Queenslanders to increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce, advance their career or transition to further study:

  • Certificate 3 Guarantee—supports individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification.
  • Higher Level Skills—supports individuals to gain certificate IV or above qualifications, as well as priority skill sets to secure employment or career advancement, or transition to university.
  • Free apprenticeships for under 25s—provides access to fully subsidised training across a variety of apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications, for individuals under 25.
  • Free TAFE for under 25s—provides access to fully subsidised training in a variety of industry areas to assist young people aged under 25 years into work.
  • Skilling Queenslanders for Work—funds training and support for unemployed and underemployed people through a suite of 8 programs.

Note that subsidised programs are in selected qualifications in high priority areas.

Apprentices and trainees

See what costs you could have to meet if you are an apprentice or trainee. You may be eligible for:

Government support for all tertiary students

Study Assist is a guide to government help through income support programs like:

  • Austudy
  • Youth Allowance
  • ABSTUDY (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students).

Payments for these programs are made through Centrelink.

Government help is also available through:

Scholarships and grants

There are a number of scholarship, award and grant programs for students of all levels.

Some universities and other organisations offer their own scholarships. Check with your preferred institute.