How much will I pay for courses at Chisholm?

Circumstances for everyone are different - and this can affect what you pay for your training at Chisholm.

Annual course costs are made up of four areas:

  • Tuition fees
  • Student Services and Amenities fee
  • Ancillary fee - for use of computers
  • Materials fee

Costs for Chisholm courses are listed on course pages and are divided into fees for three student types:

  • Students eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth government-subsidised training
  • Students eligible for concession rates on Victorian and Commonwealth government-subsidised training
  • Students who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.

Eligibility for government-subsidised training

To be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth government-subsidised training, you need to be either an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or holder of a Permanent Visa, and:

  • have a physical presence in Victoria while undertaking the course, and
  • not be attending school or registered for home schooling at the time of the course (excluding a School Based Apprentice/Trainee), and
  • have not commenced or be scheduled to commence more than two government-subsidised courses, and
  • not be undertaking more than two government-subsidised courses at any one time, and
  • have not commenced more than one other government subsidised course at the same level in your lifetime (other than Foundation level), and
  • not be undertaking a Foundation level course if a diploma or higher qualification is held or are participating in the Commonwealth Government's 'Skills for Education and Employment' program
  • Be under 20 years of age on January 1, 2017 or
  • Be over 20 years of age on January 1, 2017, and be
    • enrolling in a traditional apprenticeship
    • enrolling in VCE or VCAL (Intermediate or Senior)
    • enrolling in a course that is at a higher level than your previous highest educational level achieved.

NB - Some exceptions apply for referred asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking, referred retrenched employees and referred applicants under the Automotive Supply Chain Training or Back to Work initiatives.

If you will be under 20 years old on 1 January in the year in which you will commence study, and you meet the citizenship/residency requirement, you will be eligible for government-subsidised fees regardless of prior qualifications.

Visit the government website for more information about your eligibility for subsidised training under the Skills First Program.

* For 2017, otherwise eligible students may be exempt from the following:

  • enrolling in a higher Australian qualification than currently held and
  • commencing a maximum of two subsidised courses at the same level in your lifetime.

These exemptions are only offered by Chisholm through its status as a Victorian TAFE provider. To discuss how exemptions apply, please contact Chisholm Student Advisory Services on 1300 244 746.  Read more about government sponsored exemptions.

Eligibility for concessions on government-subsidised training

Students enrolling in a government-subsidised course up to certificate IV level who hold a current and valid Commonwealth Healthcare Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veterans' Gold Card (or who are the dependent spouse or dependent child of a cardholder) at the time of enrolment are eligible for a concession on tuition and student services and amenities fees. You must provide proof at the time of enrolment that you are the card holder or the dependent spouse or dependent child of a card holder.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders will be eligible for a concession on tuition fees for any level course (excluding higher education courses) and will need to pay the ancillary fee, the minimum student services and amenities fee and any material fees where applicable.

Eligible students are subsidised by the Victorian governments under the Skills First Program (SFP). Enrolment may impact access to further government-subsidised training under the SFP.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL or Skills Recognition is an assessment that is undertaken to acknowledge skills and knowledge a student has gained through prior formal training, work experience or life experience. RPL can contribute to you gaining credit towards your new courses, shortening the time and cost to complete your course.

Visit the Skills Recognition page for more information

Help with fees

A range of options to assist students in paying course fees including:

VET Student Loans for help with eligible diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses

VET FEE-HELP  for students continuing their diploma or above studies where they had VET FEE-HELP assistance prior to 2017

FEE-HELP  for help with degree courses

Chisholm Payment Plans 

 Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation Scholarships

Students experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to explore their options with our Student Advisory Services. Chisholm can provide assistance to students to help with budgeting, money management and referrals to external support agencies offering financial counselling.

Miscellaneous fees and charges

Students may also be required to pay the following::

  • Copy of receipt - $5
  • Replacement parking permit - $12
  • Replacement certificates (issued after 2000) - $50
  • Replacement certificates (issued before 2000) - $80
  • Archive search (prior to 2000) - $50
  • Replacement of student ID card and replacement competency cards- $10
  • Mail out certificate - $15
  • On request "record of results" - $10.
  • Printing and photocopying charges

  • Black A4 - single sided 8c/ double sided 16c
  • Black A3 - single sided 16c/ double sided 32c
  • Colour A4 - single sided 24c/ double sided 48c
  • Colour A3 - single sided 48c/ double sided 96c

Materials fees

The material fee for each course covers the actual cost of essential materials required for the successful undertaking of the course, excursions and other activities. There are no concessions for materials fees. There are no refunds for material fees if you withdraw more than 28 days after commencing your course for the year.

Exam fees and charges (current Chisholm students)

  • VETASSESS plumbing licence resit - $45
  • Resit electrical licence exam - $88
  • All other exams (for external students) - $45 per examinable hour plus a $55 administrative fee per exam.

Verification requests (non-government agencies)

All qualification verification requests incur a $75 administration fee, payable to Chisholm Institute prior to request being processed. This fee includes any archive searches that may be required, regardless of outcome.

Withdrawals and refunds (non-short courses)

  • 100 per cent refund of all fees if Chisholm cancels your course. Course cancellation does not include circumstances where a course is superseded on the national register ( and a student is offered enrolment in the replacement/superseding course.
  • You will receive a refund of tuition fees paid less an administration fee of $50 for non-VET Student Loans/VET FEE HELP courses if you lodge a withdrawal/refund application within 28 days of commencing your course for the year.
  • You will receive a 100 per cent refund of tuition fees if you lodge a withdrawal/refund application for a VET Student Loans/VET FEE-HELP unit of study on or before your census date for that unit.
  • You will only receive a refund of student services and amenities fees and ancillary fees paid if you lodge a withdrawal/refund application within 28 days of commencing your course for the year.
  • There are no refunds associated with material fees if you withdraw more than 28 days after commencing your course for the year.
  • Non-concession students who are granted a refund will not be permitted to enrol in the same course as a concession student in the same year.
  • You will not be eligible for refunds of tuition fees for units where you have received a final result.

Download a copy of the 2017 fees, charges and refunds guide.