Fee concessions, scholarships and grants, VET student loans and living allowances can help with study and living costs while you’re training.
A Training Provider must offer you a concession if you:
- hold a health care card
- hold a pensioner concession card
- hold a pensioner concession card issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs
- are a prison inmate, a detainee, on remand, held in a South Australian institution in connection with the commission of an offence, or a child in a South Australian detention centre older than 16 years.
To claim a concession you must show the relevant concession card and state your Centrelink customer reference number and the expiry date on your card.
If you qualify for a concession your course fees will be lower. Ask your Training Provider how much they will be charging you for their course with a concession.
TAFE SA scholarships and grants
TAFE SA offers financial help through scholarships and grants.
VET Student Loans (formerly VET FEE HELP)
VET Student Loans can help you pay tuition fees for some Diploma and above level courses. The Australian Government pays your loan directly to your course provider. If the loan doesn’t cover the full course fee, you pay the gap. Once your income is over a certain amount, you start repaying your debt.
VET Student Loans eligibility
You can apply for a VET student loan, if you are:
- an Australian citizen, or
- a qualifying New Zealand citizen, or
- a permanent humanitarian visa holder who is usually resident in Australia
- studying a VET Student Loans approved course with an approved course provider.
Training Providers that are approved VET Student Loan providers can offer a VET Student Loan to government subsidised students. Apply through your training provider to access a VET Student Loan.
For more information about VET Student Loans and a list of approved providers, visit VET Student Loans, or call the HELP Student Enquiry line on 1800 020 108.
VET Student Loan complaints
The VET Student Loans Ombudsman handles student complaints regarding VET Student Loans and VET FEE HELP. If you or someone you know has an issue or complaint about VET Student Loans or VET FEE HELP, visit the Commonwealth Ombudsman or call 1300 362 072.
If you need assistance with making a complaint, visit Office of the Training Advocate or call 1800 006 488.
Living and other allowances available to eligible students include:
- Youth Allowance is for full-time students or Australian apprentices aged 16 to 24 and people aged under 21 who are looking for full-time work or undertaking a combination of approved activities.
- Austudy is for full-time students and Australian Apprentices aged 25 years or over.
- Fares Allowance is for tertiary students who are living away from their permanent home to study.
- ABSTUDY offers a range of allowances to help Indigenous students and Australian Apprentices.
- Assistance for Isolated Children is for families with a child who cannot attend school locally because of distance or special needs.
- Pensioner Education Supplement helps pensioners on income support to get help with education expenses.
- Saver Plus Program helps you save for training costs such as computers, text books and trade tools by matching your savings, dollar for dollar.
Check if you are eligible for a student payment with Centrelink's Student income support eligibility information tool.
Commonwealth Scholarships Program
The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia supports students to undertake study, training and internships in Certificate III to university level qualifications.
Scholarships will be offered in priority industries including defence, advanced manufacturing, health services and medical research, and tourism and hospitality.
For more information about the program and to apply, see Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia.