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Enrolment Fees and Charges

TAFE fees and charges are set by the West Australian Department of Training and are highly subsidised. The fees and charges for 2012 are set out below. TAFE fees are generally paid by the semester (half year) and range from about $400 to approximately $900 per semester for full-time qualifications:

When are you required to pay?


Students are normally required to pay their qualification fees and charges at the time of enrolment. If paying fees in full when enrolling would involve actual financial hardship, it is possible to pay a deposit and arrange direct debit payments for the balance. The preferred deposit is $100.00. Payments can be made by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card (at most sites). To receive the concession rate you will need to produce proof of eligibility at enrolment. If at any stage you feel that you are unable to pay your fees (or initial deposit), please contact a Customer Service Centre officer for help in resolving the difficulty.

Standard Rate
COURSE FEE: A standard course fee is payable for each unit you enrol in each semester. A maximum of $606 per semester applies to the course fee. plus RESOURCE FEE: In many units you will need access to specific consumable goods and materials in class. To help cover the cost of these items, most units have a specific material charge attached to them. The amount will vary for each unit. plus DISCRETIONARY FEE: An additional College Service fee of $11.12 per semester.

Concession Rate
COURSE FEE: A concession course fee is payable for each unit you enrol in each semester. For concession eligible students a maximum of $303 per semester applies to the course fee. plus RESOURCE FEE: In many units you will need access to specific consumable goods and materials in class. To help cover the cost of these items, most units have a specific material charge attached to them. The amount will vary for each unit. plus DISCRETIONARY FEE: An additional College Service fee of $11.12 per semester.

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Access and Bridging Courses


COURSE FEE: Course fees are replaced with a flat $25 fee for Access and Bridging courses. plus RESOURCE FEE: In many units you will need access to specific consumable goods and materials in class. To help cover the cost of these items, most units have a specific material charge attached to them. The amount will vary for each unit. plus DISCRETIONARY FEE: An additional College Service fee of $11.12 per semester. NOTE: Fees are current at the time of printing and are subject to change. Textbooks and equipment required are not included in the fees. A list of textbooks and equipment will be provided to you on enrolment or during orientation.

Concession Eligibility
The following students are entitled to the concession rate on tuition charges: (a) persons or dependants of persons holding: I. II. III. (b) (c) (d) (e) A Health Care Card A Pensioner Concession Card A Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs

persons and dependants of persons in receipt of AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY; persons and dependants of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance; persons who are inmates of a custodial institution. Persons who have reached the age of 15 but who have not reached 18 years of age, and who are not due to reach 18 years of age in the calendar year for which they enrol.

Job Seeker Tuition Fee Exemptions (this exemption ends on June 30th 2012)
The following job seeker categories will be exempt from tuition charges during the completion of one qualification level or 12 months, whichever comes first: persons holding proof (current at time of enrolment) of: a) b) c) Receipt of Youth allowance as a Job Seeker Job Network Card Receipt of Newstart allowance

Withdrawals
To withdraw from one or several subjects or the whole qualification you must complete and lodge an enrolment adjustment form.

Refunds
Students who withdraw from a qualification or unit of competency are entitled to a full refund of fees and charges where a qualification or unit of competency is cancelled or re-scheduled to a time unsuitable to the student, or where the student is not given a place due to maximum number of places being reached. Students who withdraw from a qualification for other reasons and who lodge a withdrawal form prior to or within four weeks of commencing the first unit of competency of a program of study or on the completion of 25% of the first unit of competency (whichever is sooner) will be eligible for a full refund of their tuition fee. Students who meet the above conditions will also be refunded 50% of the materials/resource fee paid. The College Service/Enrolment fee is not refundable. A pro rata refund of fees and charges may be approved for qualifications and units of competency at any time during the semester if students can establish, with documentary evidence, satisfactory grounds for withdrawing from the qualification, (e.g. serious illness or disability, transfer of employment, or other circumstances beyond their control).

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS


FEE AND MATERIALS ASSISTANCE Polytechnic West has a range of options available to students which are designed to assist with the upfront costs of course fees and materials. For more information on any of these options, contact a Customer Service Officer. The following programs, allowances and scholarships are additional ways in which you can get help. PROFIT FROM EXPERIENCE The Profit from Experience program may be able to assist with up to $500 if you are: Aged 40 or over (35 for Indigenous students); Unemployed, underemployed, or soon to be retrenched; and/or Not receiving any Intensive Assistance from the Commonwealth Governments Job Network. To be eligible for assistance, you should register for the Profit from Experience program before enrolling at Polytechnic West, however, if you enrol before registering then just be sure to register for the Profit from Experience program at any Employment Directions Network as soon as possible. To speak to your nearest Employment Directions Network please phone 13 64 64. SMITH FAMILY SCHOLARSHIPS There are several types of scholarships available to young people between the ages of 15 and 25 through Smith Family. These scholarships are generally available to full-time students (including pre-apprentices and apprentices) holding a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession card. Scholarships are usually for the duration of training. To find out more, contact the Smith Family on 9459 6302 or 9250 8840 or 9250 8865. BCITF PRE-APPRENTICE SCHOLARSHIP The Building and Construction Industry Training Fund provides a scholarship of $250 to students who have successfully complete a pre-apprenticeship course in any of the building and construction trades. In addition, employers who indenture a person with a preapprentice qualification are paid a $500 bonus. For more information please contact the BCITF on 9381 3900 (after you complete your pre-apprentice training and before you are engaged with an employer). If you are not eligible for any of the options above, dont worry, we could still be able to help!

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