Financial Assistance and Support

Course fees

Most TAFE courses involve fees of some sort, although these vary between institutions and training providers. Information on general financial assistance can be found here.

Indigenous Completions Initiative - in many cases Indigenous students can undertake their courses at reduced fees. Information about TAFE fees can be found at here or you can contact the Koorie Unit at the TAFE you want to study at.



For Indigenous secondary or tertiary student or a full-time Australian Apprentice, Abstudy may help students stay at school or go on to further studies. Abstudy includes a fortnightly living allowance and other payments to help with the costs of studying. Find out more here.


Student loans

Student loans under the Government HECS/ HELP programs are also available to assist students to participate in TAFE, University and some private registered training organisations. Information on student loans can be found at here.



Some TAFEs and Universities offer scholarships that are sometimes linked to study in a particular area. Go to the TAFE or University website for specific information.

The following are direct links to scholarship pages.



Organisational Scholarships

Some scholarships are available from organisations for study at your chosen institution.

  • Victorian Department of Human Services - for scholarships associated with training or higher education in health and community services.
  • Oodgeroo Scholarship - Scholarships to encourage and enable Indigenous students to study at the University of Melbourne and Trinity College.
  • Mary MacKillop Foundation - These scholarships are open to Indigenous men and women who are undertaking full-time study at an Australian university. Eligible applicants must have completed at least one year of their degree. Scholarships are offered for study in the areas of health, education, law, and human rights.

Postgraduate scholarships

For information on postgraduate course scholarships explore:

  • Joint Academic Scholarship Online Network (JASON) - JASON is a search engine that contains information about postgraduate scholarships for Australian students wishing to study at home or abroad, and for international students wishing to study in Australia.

Other financial support

  • The Aspiration Initiative - A regularly updated list of Indigenous scholarships.
  • See here for a list of scholarships VAEAI has put together (current as of May 2014).