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FAQs for Free TAFE for Priority Courses 2019

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is Free TAFE for Priority Courses?

    Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program offering tuition-free study in 30 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 pre- apprenticeship courses, including Melbourne Polytechnic as of 1 January 2019.

  2. Am I eligible?

    You may be eligible for a free TAFE priority course if you’re under 20 years old or if you’re enrolling in a course at a higher level than you’ve completed before.

    Please choose your course carefully because once you enrol in a tuition-free priority course, you will not be able to enrol in another tuition-free priority course, even if you didn’t finish your first tuition-free priority course.

    Exemptions

    If you don’t meet these criteria you may qualify for an eligibility exemption. An exemption will enable you to receive a Free TAFE place in 2019. Enquire now to find out if you qualify.

    Please note: The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have enrolled in a tuition-free priority course, you cannot get a tuition-free place again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course

    If you’re unsure about applying for a free TAFE priority course, please contact Melbourne Polytechnic or visit one of our Skills and Jobs Centre at Northland, or Westfield Plenty Valley.

    Call us to check your eligibility on 03 9269 8400.

  3. When can I start my free TAFE priority course?

    Melbourne Polytechnic’s tuition-free TAFE priority courses start on 1 January, 2019.

  4. Which Melbourne Polytechnic courses will be tuition-free from 2019?

    So far, Melbourne Polytechnic is offering the following tuition-free TAFE priority courses in 2019:

    Free TAFE courses

    Apprenticeship pathway courses

    The Victorian government will be announcing a further 10 free TAFE priority courses in the second half of 2018.

  5. Does the government cover all my fees?

    If you’re eligible under the Free TAFE for Priority Courses program, the Victorian government will pay the tuition fees for your whole course. You’ll still need to pay all other fees, such as materials and student services fees.

  6. Should I exit out of my current course and re-enrol next year, when Free TAFE for Priority Courses comes into effect?

    As there are limits on the number of times you can be eligible for government-subsidised courses, you should complete your current course if you are enjoying it (particularly if you have a government-subsidised place).

    Please contact Melbourne Polytechnic if you are considering exiting out of your current course.

  7. Can I do a course that’s not on the Free TAFE for Priority Courses list?

    The Victorian government will only pay tuition fees for courses on the Free TAFE for Priority Courses list. Melbourne Polytechnic still has 250 more courses on offer, some of which are government-subsidised or may offer a concession rate.

    You’ll find Victorian government-subsidised courses at the Victorian Skills Gateway website. Contact Melbourne Polytechnic to find out if you’re eligible for a concession.

  8. What’s the difference between government-subsidised training and the Free TAFE for Priority Courses?

    Some of Melbourne Polytechnic’s courses are already government-subsidised. This means the government funds a large portion of tuition fees and you may be paying the smaller remaining amount.

    If you’re eligible under the Free TAFE for Priority Courses program, the Victorian government will pay all of your tuition fees for the duration of your priority course. 

  9. How many free TAFE priority courses can I do?

    If you are eligible, the Victorian government will pay your tuition fees for one priority TAFE course in your lifetime, even if you don’t finish the course. If you’re unsure about applying for a tuition-free TAFE course, please contact Melbourne Polytechnic or visit one of our Skills and Jobs Centre at Northland, or Westfield Plenty Valley.

  10. What happens if I access Free TAFE for Priority Courses and decide to change institutes?

    If you’re continuing in the same course at a TAFE or dual sector provider, the course will continue to be tuition-free.

    If you’re continuing in the same course – but not at a TAFE or dual sector provider like Melbourne Polytechnic – you’ll pay the standard tuition fees at that institute.

  11. Can high school students access Free TAFE for Priority Courses?

    If you’re enrolled in high school, you won’t be able to access Free TAFE for Priority Courses (unless you’re doing a school-based traineeship.) , noting that Apprenticeships are not covered under Free TAFE for Priority Courses.

  12. Where can I find out more?

    Visit the Melbourne Polytechnic website or the Department of Education and Training website. Or call us on 03 9269 8400 for a chat about your course options.



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Last Modified: 19th September 2018