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How much does a Certificate or Diploma cost?

This article appears in:
Future and Focus, Vocational Education and Training

If you’re exploring the options for studying a vocational education and training qualification and  wondering how much it’ll cost to study a Certificate or Diploma at CDU VET, read on. Simply put, the amount you pay will depend on a wide range of factors. In good news, there are financial support and flexible study options available to make the cost of study more manageable for you.

What fees do I need to pay?

The total cost of your Certificate or Diploma course is calculated by how many and which subjects you choose (these are called electives). Each subject incurs a fee.

At CDU VET, the amount you pay will depend on whether you’re a domestic or international student, what course you’re studying and where you live.

Domestic students typically pay lower fees than international students, because the government provides funding support for Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Some courses and places are subsidised by the government, which means you’ll pay only a portion of the fees, while other courses require you to pay full tuition fees.

Depending on the course you choose, you may be eligible for a government subsidy to help with tuition costs if you’re a domestic student living in the NT, that’s aged 17 or above.

In unique circumstances, for example if you live in a remote location or are a low income earner, you may be exempt from tuition fees.

How do I find out exactly what my course will cost?

To get an indication of your course cost, the first step is to choose your course and then contact us and we can give you an estimated cost. We may ask you to fill out an application or enrolment form to help us provide an accurate figure.  

Help! I don’t think I can afford it.

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We agree that studying can be financially challenging, but it is an investment in your future. That’s why it’s important that you explore options for financial support:

  • Have you considered a student loan? At CDU VET, we’re approved to provide VET Student Loans for some courses and students. If you meet eligibility criteria, you can use a loan to pay for all or part of your tuition fees. If you’re interested in a student loan, you’ll need to choose your course first and then contact us for more info.
  • Make sure you look into scholarship options. Each year, CDU offers about $1 million worth of scholarships (ranging between $1,000 and $3,000 each) for students who demonstrate passion and initiative in their chosen area of student, leadership and commitment to their region, sports involvement or financial need. This could be you! You don’t have to be at the top of your class for your application to be successful.
  • Alternatively, you can consider completing some of your course through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to reduce the number of subjects you have to study and, therefore, the cost of your course. RPL is an assessment process that recognises the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through work and life experience. Ask us about RPL opportunities.
  • You may also have the option to study part time to help spread the cost over a longer period. This can also give you the flexibility to keep working and earning while you study. When you enrol, you’ll have the option to choose part time or full time study.
  • Some of our students also ask their employers to cover or contribute to their tuition fees. Many organisations have a professional development budget available for employees who want to improve their skills and add more value to the business. Ask your boss or HR department about whether the company offers these types of opportunities.

What other costs can I expect?

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In addition to tuition fees, you’ll need to plan for tuition materials (like books and equipment), transport and accommodation costs, and any changes to your work, family or childcare schedules once you start studying. 

Classes are starting soon at CDU VET. Find your course or enquire now for the next intake.

Published December 2018

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This article appears in:
Future and Focus, Vocational Education and Training

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