Fee Help

Option 1: VET Student Loans

Students studying certain Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas who elect not to pay their tuition fees upfront may be eligible to apply for a VET Student Loan to defer the cost of their Tuition Contribution. Courses will be subject to maximum loan caps and students will be required to pay any fee over and above that cap.

VET Student Loans are an Australian Government loan scheme for the Vocational Education and Training sector that is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP).

Additional costs such as materials fees cannot be deferred via the VET Student Loan scheme and must be paid within 14 days of the start date of each unit’s study period or a payment plan set up for payment.

A VET Student Loan is repaid through the tax system once a person reaches the minimum income threshold level of repayment. The VET Student Loan remains a personal debt obligation until it is repaid to the Commonwealth and may affect (by reducing) a person’s take-home (after tax) wage or salary until the debt is repaid. It may also affect the borrowing capacity of the person until the debt is repaid to the Commonwealth.

The Australian Government VET Student Loan website provides detailed information about assistance for financing tertiary study.

Follow the links to find out more about The Gordon's VET Tuition Assurance statement and VET Student Loan Reviews.

Student eligibility

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you are an Australian citizen, or have a humanitarian visa and meet the required eligibility criteria, or are a qualifying New Zealand Citizen. Not all New Zealand Citizens are eligible so to find out if you meet the criteria you can check here. Australian Permanent Residents are not eligible for a VET Student Loan.  

Students must have also been assessed as academically suited to undertake the eligible course and their FEE-HELP balance must be greater than zero.  

Course eligibility

Certain Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas are eligible for VET Student Loans that are linked to industry needs and employment outcomes. If you wish to access a loan to study a higher level VET course you will need to select one of these eligible courses. View the Government list of eligible courses here and remember to check your specific course page to see if The Gordon is approved to offer a loan for that course.

Applying for a VET Student Loan

To begin the VET Student Loan application process, students will need to complete a VET Student Loan Expression of Interest Form.  Please visit Customer Service to obtain the form.

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Option 2: Fee Payment Plan

(Certificate 1 – Certificate IV Courses)

If a student is unable to pay their fees for any Certificate I to IV level course they may apply for a Fee Payment Plan. Students need to ensure that if applying for a payment plan, they submit an application well prior to the fee due date. Students who have applied for the Fee Payment Plan still have network access whilst their application is being processed. The student will be advised if their application has been approved. 

If the Fee Payment Plan application is approved the following applies:

  • An administration fee will be charged when setting up a payment plan
  • The total fee must be a minimum of $500
  • Students will be required to make all  further payments via Direct Debit

If the Fee Payment Plan application is not approved, other options will be advised at this time.

(Diploma and Advanced Diploma Course)

Students eligible for VET Student Loans may apply for a Fee Payment Plan for tuition fees over and above their course maximum loan cap as well as amenities and other additional expenses and levies. Students who are not eligible for VET Student Loans will be eligible to apply for a Fee Payment Plan for all fees.

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Skills First Youth Access Initiative 

Helping young people impacted by child protection and youth justice orders participate in education and training.

The Skills First Youth Access Initiative helps young people impacted by child protection and youth justice orders by providing them with tuition fee waiver and a viable pathway to education and employment.
To be eligible to study under the Skills First Youth Access Initiative and pay no tuition fees, the young person must be:

  • under 22 years as at 1 January in the year of first commencing education and training AND 
  • 'has been' or 'currently on' a child protection order or a youth justice order.


The Skills First Youth Access Initiative is available from 1 January 2018. Please refer to the Skills First Youth Access Initiative guide book and the referral form for further details.

More information about fee help:

Customer Service Office
P: 1300 851 428
E: enquiry@thegordon.net.au

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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

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