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 fully subsidised, some 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. To help you in understanding the different types of fees at CIT here are some examples:
- Fully subsidised (FS)
A fully subsidised course like Diploma of Children's Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) (CHC50908) requires no payment by a student because it is fully subsidised by the Australian Government. This doesn't mean it is free though; only that the student doesn't have to contribute to the cost because the Australian Government does.
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%. A good example of this type of course is Certificate III in Business Administration (BSB30112) where students will only pay $965 towards a course which would have cost $5500 without the government subsidy.
- 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. In the latter case VET FEE HELP is available. The Advanced Diploma of International Hotel and Resort Management (81119ACT) is an example of a course of study that attracts no government subsidy so the student has to pay the whole cost - in 2013 the cost is $12,500.
- Capped cost
An example of a course of study which is capped for government subsidy would be all Australian Apprenticeships.
- Australian Apprenticeships Stage 1 programs are $210.20 per semester.
- Australian Apprenticeships Stage 2 and 3 programs are $340.20 per semester.
Student Fee assistance is available in a variety of formats. Below is the list of different options for financial assistance at CIT:
- Concessions and financial assistance
- Payment Plans and Fee Payment Options
- VET FEE-HELP
You may be eligible for tax deductions for program fees and associated study expenses.
GST of 10% applies to some fees. Examples are the CITSA Services Fee and program materials fee where the item acquired becomes your property and is useable after the program completion. Basic tuition fees are GST free.