Fee concession and exemption

Learn about the fee concession and exemption that is available to eligible vocational education students.

How much you’ll pay will depend on whether you’re offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

Recent changes to funding eligibility means that more people who want to study a Vocational Education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access government subsidy to support the cost of their course.

Fee concession in detail

See if you are eligible to apply for a concession (discount) on fees for your government subsidised place in a RMIT vocational education program.

If your application for a fee concession is successful, you will be charged a concession rate equivalent to 20% of the tuition fee payable by non-concession students in a government subsidised place for your program.

You will also be charged a lower rate on your Student services and amenities fee.

The eligibility criteria are set by the Victorian Government and assessed by RMIT in accordance with government directives, which are subject to change at any time.

In general, you are eligible if you have a valid concession card such as a Commonwealth Health Care Card. You must hold a valid card at the time you apply for a fee concession.

You will receive a fee concession for any eligible classes, which are scheduled to start on or after the date of application, for a year.  30 days prior to the expiration of your concession, you will receive a reminder email in your student account advising  you to reapply for a concession if you are still eligible.

Please contact your school for information about class start dates.

You cannot apply for a fee concession if you:

  • are enrolled in a vocational graduate certificate or vocational graduate diploma program
  • commenced a diploma or advanced diploma program on or after 1 July 2012
  • are enrolled in an Australian full fee place or international full fee place.

Students enrolled in certificate I – IV programs

To be eligible for a fee concession you must:

  • hold a valid Commonwealth Health Care Card, or be named on the card as a dependant child/spouse, or
  • hold a valid Pensioner Card, or be named on the card as a dependant child/spouse, or
  • hold a valid Veterans' Gold Card.

The above criteria apply to students who hold a Job Seeker referral form, which must be presented when you submit your application.

Students enrolled in diploma or advanced diploma programs

To be eligible for a fee concession you must:

  • have been under the age of 25 as at 1 January 2012
  • have commenced the program (scheduled commencement of first unit of study in the program) on or before 30 June 2012 and be continuing in the same program in 2015.

In addition, you must also:

  • hold a valid Commonwealth Health Care Card, or be named on the card as a dependant child/spouse, or
  • hold a valid Pensioner Card, or be named on the card as a dependant child/spouse, or
  • hold a valid Veterans' Gold Card, or be named on the card as a dependant child/spouse.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander students in a government subsidised place will continue to be eligible to access fee concessions at all program levels (including diploma, advanced diploma, vocational graduate certificate and vocational graduate diploma programs).

You do not require additional documentation to support your application and you are not required to complete an application each academic year.

If you think you are eligible, apply now.

Fee exemption in detail

See if you are eligible to apply for a fee exemption for your government subsidised place in a RMIT vocational education program.

If your application is successful, you will not be charged tuition fees for your program.

The eligibility criteria are set by the Victorian Government and assessed by RMIT in accordance with government directives, which are subject to change at any time.

You are entitled to a fee exemption if you:

  • are enrolled in a RMIT vocational education program and
  • hold written confirmation from the management of the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre or the relevant Youth Justice Unit of the Department of Human Services.

 

You cannot apply for a fee exemption if you:

  • are enrolled in a vocational graduate certificate or vocational graduate diploma program
  • commenced a diploma or advanced diploma program on or after 1 July 2012
  • are enrolled in an Australian full fee place or international full fee place.

If you think you are eligible, apply now.

Health Care Card

If you are eligible for a Health Care Card, you may be eligible for a vocational education fee concession, depending on your level of study.

You do not have to be receiving a Centrelink payment to get a Health Care Card. Provided you meet Australian residency requirements and satisfy the income test you may be eligible for a Low Income Health Care Card.

If you are receiving Abstudy, Austudy or Youth Allowance (student) benefits you need to apply separately for a Health Care Card and must also satisfy the income test.

If your application for a fee concession is successful, you will be charged a concession rate equivalent to 20% of the tuition fee payable by non-concession students in a government subsidised place for your program. 

You will also be charged a lower rate on your Student services and amenities fee.

Other benefits of holding a Health Care Card:

  1. You can get a concession on public transport.
  2. You could get a number of other concessions outside of RMIT, including cheaper health care, cheaper prescription medicines, concession on car registration and more.

You can apply for a Health Care Card through Centrelink on tel. 13 2490.

Apply for a fee concession or exemption

Information about applying for a fee concession or exemption for eligible vocational education students.

You must apply each academic year.

Your application must be submitted before the start date of your first scheduled class.

Please contact your RMIT school for information about class start dates.

If you apply after your first scheduled class then your concession or exemption will be applied to the next eligible class in which you are enrolled, and all other eligible classes that have not yet commenced, for a year from the date of application.

You can apply before you are enrolled.

If you are the named card holder apply via Enrolment Online

  1. Log into Enrolment Online.
  2. Select ‘Apply for a fee concession’ from the My student record page.
  3. Complete the online form by confirming the type of concession card you hold and your Customer Reference Number (CRN) or Veterans’ Affairs Reference Number (VRN).
  4. You will be notified immediately of your eligibility for a fee concession.

If you are listed as a child or dependant apply at RMIT Connect

Complete an Application for vocational educational education fee concession and exemption form. Note: you can pick up a hard copy application form from RMIT Connect or the RMIT school that runs your program.Present your completed form at RMIT Connect or the RMIT school, along with:

  • the original, and
  • a photocopy of your valid concession card (or letter from Centrelink), plus
  • any other documentation required to support your application (e.g. Job Seeker referral form for Job Seekers).


If you have applied for but not yet received your concession card, then you may instead provide a letter from Centrelink that confirms you have submitted your application and been approved for your concession card. You must then provide RMIT with a copy of your concession card once it has been issued.

If you have a Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN), you may apply via Enrolment Online. If successful, you are not required to provide a copy of your concession card.

Important

You must:

  • supply the information specified above or your application cannot be assessed
  • submit an application each year
  • retain a copy of your form when you apply.

If you do not enrol into any eligible classes, you will remain liable for the total tuition fees invoiced unless you withdraw from the class prior to the class census date.

Find out more

For more information about fee concessions and exemptions, please contact RMIT Connect.

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