You may have some questions about 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.
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.
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. 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 our Skills and Jobs Centre at Preston Campus.
Call us to check your eligibility on 1300 635 276.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s tuition-free TAFE priority courses commenced on 1 January, 2019. Please check the course page for the next available intake.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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