Paying Your Fees

Students studying at TAFE SA will need to think carefully about managing course costs and organise funds for payment. 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 Services 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. 

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) Scholarship Applications are Now Open!

Blind Citizens Australia, (BCA) is strongly committed to ensuring people who are blind or vision impaired have opportunities to develop skills which equip them to contribute to the social, economic and cultural life of Australian communities. Applications for the first round of five BCA scholarships of up to $5,000 each are now open till 30 June 2021, and can be submitted here.

Funded by the Commonwealth’s Information, Linkages and Capacity-building program and the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation, BCA is offering a total of 15 scholarships of up to $5,000 for educational expenses through Semester 2 in 2021, and Semesters 1 and 2 in 2022. Each semester will have a separate application and awarding process, and scholarship recipients will be funded for one semester only.

The BCA scholarships program has two key objectives:

  • To increase the opportunities available to people who are blind or vision impaired to participate in tertiary/further education, by offering financial assistance; and
  • To raise the awareness of mainstream education providers of the valuable contributions and unique perspectives people who are blind or vision impaired offer to education and training.

Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • Recognition of personal ambition, promoted and celebrated through organisational channels
  • Alumni network of support
  • BCA support and/or advocacy as appropriate to ensure their study is accessible to them
  • Support for their place of study to further develop its institutional accessibility and inclusion by utilising BCA’s expertise, advice and/or resources
  • Pathway to BCA leadership and/or committee roles
  • Access to BCA programs to support their study and skills development
  • Financial support for study.

You can review the application requirements via the BCA website. For more information, please contact Miriam Fathalla at Miriam.Fathalla@bca.org.au or by calling 1800 033 660.

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 closed.  Dates for Semester 2 will be advertised in July 2021.

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.

Applicants can see how their career goals and study pathways align with Veolia values and core business by visiting the following websites.

Applications for the Veolia scholarship are now open.  the closing date has been extended to Friday 27th August 2021.  The selection process will review TAFE SA applicants for Semester 1 & 2 together.  

Wyatt Work Start and Financial Assistance Grants

Financial assistance may be sought from this scheme by individuals in financial hardship, who have been resident in South Australia for five years or more, and who have an unexpected crisis that impacts on their ability to pay fees, materials or debts.

Speak to a TAFE SA student counsellor for more information. 

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 on (08) 8443 9909 or see the Masonic Foundation website.

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.

Visit their website for more information

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. 

Visit their website for more information

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. 

Visit their website for more information

Playford Trust

The Playford Trust provides up to five (5) awards of $2000 each for TAFE SA students undertaking a Certificate ll, lll or Diploma in the following areas: Horticulture, Aquaculture, Agriculture, Conservation and Land Management, Mining and Exploration, Spatial Information and Surveying and Food Technology. These awards aim to assist students in their future studies.

While students are open to apply at any stage of their TAFE SA studies, preference will be given to students who: 

  • have completed at least ONE semester of study
  • OR, can demonstrate personal and/or professional growth through studying at TAFE SA or elsewhere in the Vocational Education and Training sector. 

Applications are open and will close on Friday 18 September 2020. See the Playford Trust website for application form and more detail.

Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships

Applications for Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships for 2021 are now open until 15 September 2020.

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.

Visit their website for more information

June Opie Fellowship

The June Opie Fellowship is available to citizens and permanent residents of Australia, New Zealand and Canada who have a severe disability. Intended for those who plan to undertake postgraduate study with a view to entering the professions, particularly university teaching and research. One fellowship is granted annually for NZ$12 000. Applications close in October. 

Visit their website for more information

Jorge Castillo-Riffo Scholarship

Applications for 2021 Scholarships for the Jorge Castillo-Riffo Scholarship are now open and will close on 31 August 2020.

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 to apply for a scholarship up to the value of 9 units in the Diploma covering the cost of completing their Diploma of Work Health and Safety. Open to Australian Students, the scholarship will provide you the opportunity to not only progress your studies, but further open opportunities in the workforce. The scholarship is open to all students currently studying with TAFE SA completing their Certificate IV of Work Health and Safety or commencing their Diploma Work Health and Safety.

Destination Australia Program

The Australian Government provides funding through the Destination Australia Program to help eligible tertiary education providers offer scholarships to domestic and international students to study and live in regional Australia.

The program:

  • supports regional and remote Australian tertiary education providers by promoting activities that contribute to growth and sustainability
  • offers students from Australia and overseas the opportunity to undertake high quality education, training and research, and to experience life in regional and remote Australia
  • ensures regions share in the social, cultural and economic benefits that international students bring.

Applications for 2021 are now open and close 7 July 2021.

For more information visit the Destination Australia website and FAQs 

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.  

Visit their website for more information

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. 

Visit their website for more information

Busy at Work

The aim of the program is to support Young Australians or ex ADF to gain critical employability skills, which are embedded in Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications, enabling them to enter and stay in the workforce.

The Scholarship aims to support young people aged 15-24 or recently exited ADF personnel (no age restriction) to study in a VET approved program with a Pt Pirie catchment area (including Kapunda, Nuriootpa, Maitland, Clare, Burra, Jamestown, Gladstone, Peterborough, Crystal Brook, Kadina, Balaklava, Ardrossan, Tanunda, Wallaroo and Barossa Valley).  

Priority will be given to applicants in the following cohorts:

  • Individuals who have exited from the Australian Defence Force in the previous 2 years (age criteria not applicable to ADF applicants);
  • Indigenous young Australians;
  • young Australians with a disability; and
  • young Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Applicants who are eligible can apply for the scholarship to undertake an approved course of study at Certificate III to Advanced Diploma levels. Courses can be undertaken part-time or full-time, and Young Australian Scholars will receive up to $5000 per year in study assistance.

Further, as part of the scholarship, students are required to undertake a paid internship or work placement for 20 business days. In this time, Scholars will receive $3000 for the paid internship work and host employers will receive $1500 per intern. 

The first stage of round 3 will close on December 4th with a second round open between 29th January 2021 and close 12th March 2021.

Visit their website for more information

Blind Citizens Australia Scholarships Program 2021–2022


Blind Citizens Australia, (BCA) is strongly committed to ensuring people who are blind or vision impaired have opportunities to develop skills which equip them to contribute to the social, economic and cultural life of Australian communities. BCA has received funding through the Commonwealth’s Information, Linkages and Capacity-building program to award scholarships to BCA members.  

For 2021-2022, BCA is offering 5 scholarships valued at up to $5,000.

Applications open: 

  • May 17 – June 30, 2021 (round 1)
  • November 22, 2021 – February 4, 2022 (round 2)
  • May 17 – June 30, 2022 (round 3)

Scholarship recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Applicants need to be a member of BCA - membership forms available at: https://www.bca.org.au/members/  (membership is free)
  • Australian resident
  • Provide evidence of enrolment or acceptance letter for a post-secondary educational program that results in a recognized qualification (Internship and Graduate Program applicants may apply while waiting for confirmation of acceptance; with Scholarship awarded on successful application) 

Further information is available at Blind Citizens Australia & BCA Scholarship Application Form

Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT)

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

Visit their website for more information

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.  

Visit their website for more information.

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