Financial Assistance and Support

Course fees

Most TAFE courses involve fees of some sort. Information on course fees can be found at: www.education.vic.gov.au/victorianskillsgateway/Students/Pages/fees-funding-and-financial-support.aspx

Indigenous Completions Initiative - in many cases Indigenous students can undertake their courses at reduced fees. Information about TAFE fees can be found at: www.education.vic.gov.au/training/learners/vet/Pages/feeconcession.aspx#indigenous

 

Abstudy

For Indigenous secondary or tertiary student or a full-time Australian Apprentice, Abstudy may help students stay at school or go on to further studies. Abstudy includes a fortnightly living allowance and other payments to help with the costs of studying. Find out more at: www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/payments/abstudy.htm

 

Student loans

Student loans under the Government HECS/ HELP programs are also available to assist students to participate in TAFE, University and some private registered training organisations. Information on student loans can be found at: www:studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/

 

Scholarships

EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The online applications for the Early Childhood Scholarships Program are open on the Department of Education and Training's website here:

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/profdev/Pages/scholarships.aspx

Individuals can apply to study the courses listed below:
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with up to $2,500 paid in instalments for achieving enrolment, graduation and then working in an early childhood job for a minimum of twelve months
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with up to $5,000 paid in instalments for achieving enrolment, graduation and then working in an early childhood job for up to twelve months
Bachelor degree that trains them to become an early childhood teacher, receives up to $26,500 paid in instalments for achieving enrolment, graduation and then working in as an early childhood teacher for a minimum of three years
Postgraduate qualification that trains them to become an early childhood teacher, receives up to $16,000 paid in instalments for achieving enrolment, graduation and then working as an early childhood teacher for a minimum of three years.
People may apply at any time, although they are not eligible if they are already studying an early childhood course.

Early childhood Aboriginal pathway scholarships (Certificate III to postgraduate level qualifications)

This option is for eligible Aboriginal people wanting to become an early childhood educator or teacher. Aboriginal applicants completing bachelor degree and post graduate qualification must meet the same conditions as the teaching scholarships. Those completing vocational training must enrol in one of the following eligible courses:
• Certficate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CH30113)
• Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)


These applicants are encouraged to consider studying at their local TAFE or alternative compliant registered training organisation.


If you have any question please email early.years.workforce@edumail.vic.gov.au or by phone number on 1300 651 662
 

TAFE & Universities 

Some TAFEs and Universities offer scholarships that are sometimes linked to study in a particular area. Go to the TAFE or University website for specific information.

The following are direct links to scholarship pages.

TAFE

Universities

Organisational Scholarships

Some scholarships are available from organisations for study at your chosen institution.

  • Victorian Department of Human Services - for scholarships associated with training or higher education in health and community services.
  • Trinity College - residential college at the University of Melbourne, a range of scholarships with some covering all accommodation costs.

Postgraduate scholarships

For information on postgraduate course scholarships explore:

  • Joint Academic Scholarship Online Network (JASON) - JASON is a search engine that contains information about postgraduate scholarships for Australian students wishing to study at home or abroad, and for international students wishing to study in Australia.