Fees and Charges

When you apply and enrol to study with TAFE SA, the cost of your course will be provided to you.  The indicative costs of each course is advertised on the TAFE SA website course page and will be confirmed upon enrolment.  The fees and charges for your study may be made up of a number of things.


Course Costs

The tuition cost of a course depends on the number of hours nominated for each unit of competency and the rate per hour charged. There are different rates according to eligibility for government subsidies and the type of study. Indicative costs of each course can be determined on each course page. Government subsidies are available to residents of South Australia through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training Initiative.

Learn more about course costs.



To qualify for a concession, you must hold a current:

  • Health Care Card, or
  • Pensioner Concession Card, or 
  • Veteran Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or

Prisoners in South Australian correctional institutions also receive a concession. 

If you are or have ever been under the Guardianship of the Minister and aged 16 or over, your course fees will be waived for courses funded through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training Initiative, where you have met entry requirements. 

Learn more about concessions.


Incidental Fees

TAFE SA may charge fees for incidental expenses in addition to those required to complete the course (course fees). Details of incidental fees are identified on the relevant course page. 

Learn more about incidental fees


Additional Costs

Depending on the course, there may be additional charges for materials including specialist kits, equipment, textbooks and uniforms that are paid for by the student (often to an external organisation) and will become the student's property.  Details of additional costs are indicated on the relevant course page. 

Paying Your Fees

Students studying at TAFE SA will need to think carefully about managing course costs and payment options. Download "Money Matters" brochure for more information about paying your fees, as well as information about organisations and services that offer financial assistance or grants to students (PDF). You can also contact Student Success and Wellbeing for advice and referral.

National Debt Hotline

The National Debt Helpline (NDH) is a not-for-profit service that helps Australians tackle debt problems. They provide professional financial counselling as a free, independent and confidential service.

Ring the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday or visit their website.

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