CIT Fees Explained

CIT is the largest provider of technical and further education (TAFE) in the ACT and charges TAFE fees. TAFE fees are complex and change often so it is important that you take a moment to familiarise yourself with the options you have in your chosen course of study.

TAFE fees are complex because they include tuition fees, amenities fees and some (not all) resources and other materials. Different courses require different periods of study so tuition fees will differ by course. Some tuition fees are subsidised by government (Australian, state and territory) and some are not. The level of subsidy can differ by course so some courses are partially subsidised and others attract no subsidy at all. Some courses may have capped places available as well which means only a certain number of people may make use of the applicable government subsidy. TAFE fees often change because these subsidies change. This means TAFE fees may not be the same one year to another which can make comparisons difficult.

IMPORTANT CHANGES COMING IN SEMESTER 2 2016

Commencing in Semester 2, 2016, CIT will be implementing a new process to ensure students meet their obligation to pay their fees.

Students and employers of students will receive the following overdue fee notifications via email.

1. The first reminder email will be sent 4 days after the fee due date.
2. The final reminder email will be sent 11 days after the fee due date.
3. If fees remain unpaid 18 days after the fee due date, then the students enrolment will be cancelled and students and employers will be notified via email of the cancellation of enrolment.

For your interest, there are a range of options available to assist with payment of fees that can be arranged prior to the invoice due date:

  • Payment plans.
  • ACT Government Fee Assistance.
  • Assistance via CIT Student Association (CITSA) for fee option advice – ph: 6207 3600.

To help you in understanding the different types of fees at CIT here are some examples:

Partially government funded (PGF)

Currently the majority of CIT courses fall into this category but the level of this subsidy can vary between programs, often reaching as high as 90%. In 2016 a CPI (Consumer Price Index) rise will apply to all courses which are government funded.

No subsidy at all (FF)

Some courses will have no government subsidy of any sort. CIT decides which courses are in this category on the basis of whether people are already employed and can afford to pay or whether CIT is aware that the student fee is a barrier.

Capped cost

An example of a course of study which is capped for government subsidy would be all Australian Apprenticeships.

Trainee programs ($430 per qualification)

  • Trainee programs are $175 plus $40 Administration fee per semester = $215 (per semester)

2 year Australian Apprenticeship Programs ($1110.00 per qualification)

  • 1st year =$ 175.00 per semester plus $40.00 admin fee = $215.00 (per semester) $430.00 (year)
  • 2nd year = $300.00 per semester plus $40.00 admin fee = $340.00 (per semester) $680.00 (year)

3 year Apprenticeship Programs ($1790.00 per qualification)

  • 1st year = $175.00 per semester plus $40.00 admin fee = $215.00 (per semester) $430.00 (year)
  • 2nd year = $300.00 per semester plus $40.00 admin fee = $340.00 (per semester) $680.00 (year)
  • 3rd year = $300.00 per semester plus $40.00 admin fee = $340.00 (per semester) $680.00 (year)

Additional Fees

Examples of additional fees are:

  • Material Fees - Material fees are to cover the costs for materials used by or for students during the delivery of a subject. In many cases the full costs are effectively subsidised by the Institute, so the material fee charged to the student may be lower than the true full cost of the materials used.

    It is important to note that not all costs covered by material fees may be directly visible to students - however, students should be aware that delivery of their subjects can require resources specific to that subject which are not covered by general student fees. Some examples of such items are the purchase and maintenance of dedicated equipment, software licenses, printing, subscription fees, information service access costs, specialist training material licences, guest lecturers and some excursions.
  • Recognition Fee - the fee for applying for Recognition by Assessment;
  • Excursion Fees - covering the costs of some excursions;
  • Awards - re-issue of ($50);
  • CITCard - replacement fee ($15)

Tax Deductibility

You may be eligible for tax deductions for program fees and associated study expenses.

GST

GST of 10% applies to some fees. Examples are materials fee where the item acquired becomes your property and is useable after the program completion. Basic tuition fees are GST free.

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