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Course Fees and Assistance

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. It is important that you 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. The government (Australian, state and territory) subside some tuition fees, with the level of subsidy differing by course. The level of subsidy can differ by course as 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 most CIT courses fall into this category, but the level of this subsidy can vary between programs, often reaching as high as 90%.

No subsidy at all (FF)

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

Australian Apprenticeships

The qualification cost for an apprentice or trainee is subsidised by the ACT Government. Refer to course listings for qualification fee costings for apprentice/trainee programs.

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 CIT, 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 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.