Free courses

You can study a course at Sydney TAFE for free!

That’s right, provided you meet the eligibility criteria, you can study one of the courses listed on this page without paying any course tuition fees.

Get a taste of a trade, an advantage in your apprenticeship or traineeship, or a career head-start. And when you’ve completed your free course, you may even be able to get credit towards a full qualification if you continue on that pathway.


FEE-HELP is a student loan scheme that is funded by the Commonwealth Government to assist eligible students pay their course fees for higher education courses.

You will need to pay a fee of 25% of the total loan amount for all undergraduate courses.



VET Student Loans from 1 January 2017

The Commonwealth government has announced a re-design of the current VET FEE-HELP loan scheme from 1 January 2017 (subject to the passing of legislation). The new VET Student Loans program will replace the existing scheme from 1 January 2017.

Course eligibility for VET Student Loans is limited to courses that have a high national priority, meet industry needs, contribute to addressing skills shortages and lead to employment outcomes.

Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled courses are government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to Sydney TAFE and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.


Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Recognition may be granted through:


Achieve your academic and career goals with TAFE NSW Higher Education degrees, partnership degrees or articulation and credit transfer from diploma study into degree programs.


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