Tuition fees vary according to each program.
There are 2 tuition fee types:
- Victorian Government subsidised places where your fee is shared between you and the Victorian Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria
- full fees where you will be responsible for the full cost.
As a vocational education student you may be eligible for the following:
In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
In addition to tuition fees you are required to pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
All international student visa holders are required to maintain valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the total duration of their visa.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2017 is $294.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
You may be able to apply for the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme.
VET FEE-HELP loans are available for eligible vocational education students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) enrolling in an eligible diploma, advanced diploma, full-fee vocational graduate certificate or vocational graduate diploma program and can be used to defer payment of up to 100% of your tuition fees.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your VET FEE-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
VET FEE-HELP Student Entry Procedure*
How will this affect me?
A student’s eligibility to access VET FEE-HELP (VFH) is not the same as their ability to meet program entry requirements. To be eligible to apply for VFH, students must be assessed as being academically suitable to undertake a Diploma, Advanced Diploma, VE Graduate Diploma or VE Graduate Certificate. To meet these requirements, a student must either:
provide a copy of their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education as awarded by an agency or authority of any State or Territory; or
complete an approved literacy and numeracy assessment and display competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy. RMIT must also be confident that the assessment has been completed independently and that the student has the necessary competence.
See RMIT’s VE Enrolment Guide for further information. RMIT will inform you of your results as soon as practicable, and you are required to bring the completed document to your enrolment session. Your results will be retained as per RMIT policy, and may be provided to the Commonwealth if requested.
A student who does not meet academic suitability requirements is not eligible to apply for a VFH loan, but they may be considered for a place if they meet all other program entry requirements.
*From 1 January 2016 the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the associated Higher Education Support (VET) Guideline 2015 require that all domestic students wishing to apply for a VET FEE-HELP (VFH) loan are assessed for academic suitability.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
Important fee information
Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.