Funding and incentives
Abstudy provides financial assistance for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island people that may help you with your study. You might also qualify for extra payments for living allowance or to help with the cost of studying. If you are studying part time or full time at TAFE you may qualify.
Information and can be obtained from any Centrelink office or by visiting Centrelink.
Aged Care Incentive Program
The Aged Care Education and Training Incentive program provides incentive payments to eligible aged care workers who undertake specified education and training programs.
For more information on the Aged Care Incentive Program, please visit the Department of Health and Aging.
Austudy and Youth allowance
Austudy may provide financial assistance if you are studying or undertaking an Australian apprenticeship full time and you are age 25 years and over. If you are under the age of 25, Youth Allowance may be able to assist you if you are studying, undertaking training or an Australian apprenticeship, looking for work, or sick.
Information about qualifying for Austudy or Youth allowance can be obtained from any Centrelink office or by visiting the Centrelink.
Fee free childcare training
Tuition free enrolment in a Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Children's Services is available from TAFE institutes. Take advantage of this funding and gain a qualification or upgrade your skills and become a childcare professional. For more information contact your local TAFE institute.
Mature age worker assistance
Workers age 50 and over with trade relevant skills, but no formal qualifications may qualify to have their costs reimbursed for their skills to be formally assessed and qualified. For more information and assistance, telephone 13 17 64 or visit Mature age worker assistance.
Unemployed people over 21 may be entitled to Newstart Allowance to support their studies as part of an employment pathway plan. More information can be found at the Centrelink.
Pensioner Education Supplement
If you already qualify for certain Centrelink payments you may also qualify for the Pensioner Education Supplement or ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement. More information can be found at the Centrelink.
Some TAFE Queensland institutes may provide scholarships to help students access education and training. For more information contact your local TAFE institute.
There are opportunities to apply for a broad range of scholarships offered through external Government agencies, Community organisations, and private sponsors. More information is available at the Australian government.
TAFE fee concessions
You have not completed Year 12 and are under 17 at the end of February
You are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
You are the primary cardholder for Centrelink, Health Care (Concession) Card, Pensioner Concession Card
You are a listed dependant for Centrelink, Health Care (Concession) Card, Pensioner Concession Card
Not all courses qualify for this concession. For more information contact your local TAFE Queensland institute.
You may be eligible to claim a deduction for the costs associated with TAFE study as a self education expense through your tax return. Visit the Australian Taxation Office to determine your eligibility.
VET fee help
VET fee help is a student loan scheme for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. VET fee help assists eligible students undertaking certain Vocational Education and Training courses of study (diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses) with an approved Vocational Education and Training provider, to pay for all or part of their tuition costs. For more information about VET fee help with TAFE Queensland contact:
- Brisbane North Institute of TAFE
- Gold Coast Institute of TAFE
- Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE
- Southbank Institute of Technology
- Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE
- The Bremer Institute of TAFE
You can also visit the Study Assist for more Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) information.