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.
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%. 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 was $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 $175 plus $40 Administration fee per semester.
- Australian Apprenticeships Stage 2 and 3 programs are $300 plus $40 Administration fee per semester.
- Australian Apprentices Stage 4 programs are $150 plus $40 Administration fee per semester.