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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:

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.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

Our Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidises the cost of training at the Certificate III level for eligible Queenslanders who do not already hold a post-school qualification at the Certificate III level or higher.

Higher Level Skills program

Our Higher Level Skills program subsidises the cost of training for a select number of certificate IV, diploma and advanced diploma level qualifications, as well as priority skill sets critical to productivity within the workplace, for eligible Queenslanders who do not already hold a post-school qualification at the Certificate IV level or higher.

Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates

Year 12 graduates can access fee-free training in high priority areas.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Skilling Queenslanders for Work aims to improve the skills, employment opportunities and social inclusion of eligible Queenslanders. The programs offered as part of the initiative are free of charge for eligible Queenslanders.

Assistance to pay tuition fees

VET Student Loans (replaced the VET FEE-HELP scheme from 1 January 2017) is available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training qualifications to pay their tuition fees.

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

Search myfuture for awards and scholarships depending on the course you choose and your own situation (e.g. your income, where you live and your age).

Scholarships and grants for Indigenous students are also available.

See other awards and scholarships for university and VET students and school graduates.

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

Getting to your class

See what concessions are available.

Industry and trade scholarships

You may be eligible for an industry award or trade scholarship.

Budgeting advice

Find tips for living on a student budget to help you better manage the costs of study.

Subsidised training

Use the simple eligibility questionnaire on the Queensland Skills Gateway to see if you can access government subsidised training.

Last updated
11 December 2017
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