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.

Grants and Scholarships available to TAFE SA students

There are a variety of scholarships and grants available, however these cannot be relied upon to assist with costs at the time of your enrolment.  To avoid delays to your enrolment or receipt of possible support, make sure you obtain all the necessary information to lodge your forms in good time.

Some grants and scholarships have fixed eligibility criteria, and fixed application closing dates and may take some time to process.  You should check details on the organisation website. 

Wyndham Richardson Scholarship Fund

Originally established in 1983 the Wyndham Richardson Scholarship Fund awards scholarships, bursaries and prizes based on merit or reasons of equity to promote a recipient’s tertiary education. These are available to Australian Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents from any State or Territory studying in a tertiary institution.

The Wyndham Richardson Scholarship Fund provides scholarships valued at $1500 to assist full-time students enrolled in any TAFE SA Certificate IV or above who are in significant financial hardship.

Applications for semester 1 have now closed

Semester 2 applications will open in July 2024

Veolia Scholarships

Providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander South Australians.

The waste and resource recovery industry in Australia is a $14 billion industry, often overlooked as a career choice.  At Veolia, across all our business lines, in all our countries, we are a community determined to deliver solutions that make a positive impact. We see the world differently: we see waste as a valuable material, wastewater as a new source of water, and wasted energy as a new source of heat.

Veolia also believes in the importance of respecting and engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, and providing a work environment that is culturally safe, sensitive and supportive to all employees. We recognise the contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have made and continue to make within our organisation and local communities.

The Veolia Scholarship fund is offering up to five scholarships to the value of $1,000.00 each for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in a TAFE SA Certificate II or above qualification, along with opportunities for students to participate in an industry workplace. Students who are current trainees and/or apprenticeships are not eligible.

Applications for Semester 1, 2024 are now open
Applications close 5:00pm, Friday 8 June 2024

The Trevor Prescott Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be South Australian or Northern Territory residents, 20-30 years old and in need of financial assistance to help them undertake further studies or research. The scholarship is valued in excess of $25,000. See the Masonic Foundation website for details or call +61 8 8443 9909.

Masonic Foundation

The Australian College of Nursing Scholarships

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) provide scholarships for personal care workers and nurses working in aged care to complete qualifications if they are currently enrolled or intending to enrol in a course.  These scholarships are available from Wednesday 30 August 2023.

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme: First Nations health scholarships are also available on the same date.

Vocational Education Training (personal care workers) scholarship information 
Nurses and aged care workers scholarship information 

Australian College of Nursing Scholarships

Stand Like Stone Foundation Educational Scholarship

These scholarships help people who identify with the Limestone Coast to undertake educational studies at any level – primary, secondary or tertiary courses. There are several grants and scholarships available.

Stand Like Stone Scholarships

Robert Rose Foundation

The Robert Rose Foundation assists people with spinal cord injuries and their families who are in necessitous circumstances.

Grants go towards providing support to those with spinal cord injuries and their families. Funding support is used for Spinal Cord Injured (SCI) equipment, sporting equipment, home modifications and further education programs. 

Robert Rose Foundation

Sir Charles Bright Scholarship 

The Sir Charles Bright Scholarship was established by Malcolm Penn OAM in 1985 and are awarded to students with a disability residing and studying in South Australia.  Scholarships are available for eligible students undertaking post-secondary education at University or TAFE. 

The Scholarship has assisted 400+ students.  Scholarships are awarded annually on a competitive basis in the amount of $2000.

Application forms are available by email from or by messaging the Scholarship's Facebook page. 

Applications for 2024 have closed.

Redkite Education and Career Support Grants

Redkite's education support grants are available to help students aged 15-24 who have experienced cancer reach their study and work goals. Siblings whose education is disrupted during the cancer journey may also be eligible to receive Redkite's education assistance. Redkite's education and career assistance is provided via financial grants. 

Redkite Education and Career Support Grants

Playford Trust - TAFE SA Study Awards

The Playford Memorial Trust provides scholarships, awards and internships for high achieving students working in areas of strategic importance to South Australia. 

The Trust's priority areas currently include: 

Advanced manufacturing and new technologies, water, energy and climate change, agriculture, aquaculture and food production, space and defence technologies, resources, energy and sustainability, health sciences and enabling technologies. 

Playford Memorial Trust TAFE Study Awards

Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships

The Pinnacle Foundation provides multi-year educational scholarships and mentoring support to young adults (between the ages of 17 and 26) across Australia where their gender identity, sexual orientation or sexual characteristics have prevented or hindered the achievement of their career aspirations or personal development.

Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships

Jorge Castillo-Riffo Scholarship

Jorge Castillo-Riffo demonstrated the qualities, aptitudes and upstanding for Health and Safety within the workplace underpinning the foundations all employers strive for – to ensure that everyone who starts the day, ends the day injury and incident free. On 27 November 2014, Jorge was tragically involved in an incident during the construction of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. This incident resulted in Jorge’s untimely passing the following leaving a resounding impact on all of those who worked with him on the importance of safety and looking out for one another.

In honour of Jorge’s memory, SRG and TAFE SA invite current students studying Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety with TAFE SA to apply for a scholarship. Open to Australian Students, the scholarship will provide you the opportunity to not only progress your studies, but further open opportunities in the workforce.

Applications will close on 31 October, 2023.

Jorge Castillo-Riffo scholarship overview     Application form

Dawn Slade-Faull Award

These awards are available for South Australian residents who have an intellectual, physical, sensory or psychiatric disability.

The awards are to assist the personal or professional development of successful applicants as artists or craftspersons through advanced tuition, exhibition opportunities, special equipment, and product marketing or other means specific to the needs of individual award winners.

Applications called for in September and close in December. Enquiries are welcome throughout the year. See their website for details.  

Dawn Slade-Faull Award

Dame Roma Mitchell Grants

The Dame Roma Mitchell Grants provide financial assistance for young people up to 29 years old to contribute to the achievement of personal goals, health and wellbeing, and personal development. 

Dame Roma Mitchell Grants

BUSY at Work 

Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians: Around 400 young Australians will be supported to participate in Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs under the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians.

The program provides scholarships of up to $5,000 a year to participate in Vocational Education and Training (VET) in targeted occupations identified in growth industries and in-demand occupations. Applicants must reside in one of 10 regional areas experiencing high youth unemployment.

Scholarship recipients will complete a VET course and a 20 day paid internship if work placement is not a mandatory component. Scholars will receive $3000 for work placement or up to $3000 for paid internship work. Host employers will receive $1500 per intern.  See documents below for further information.  Eligibility criteria applies.

Busy At Work - Scholarship Fact Sheet

Busy At Work - Eligible Occupations List

Busy At Work Scholarships

Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT)

These scholarships are for the children or grandchildren of veterans, who need financial assistance to support their studies. 

Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust

Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund

The Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund (ADIPEF) assists people with disabilities from both indigenous and non-indigenous backgrounds. Small quarterly grants of up to $2500 will be awarded to assist people with disabilities to continue their learning.  

Australian Disability and Indigenous People's Education Fund

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