|Skills First Funding
|Skills First Funding
The student fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment
*Concession fee is only applicable to the eligible Skills First funded students
Student ID card replacement - $25
RPL - $250 for each unit
Certificate re-issue - $75
If you are required or would like to pay some, or all of your fees, upfront, Mercer has payment plans available to help spread out the cost of your course fees. Contact our Future Student Advisor team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 818 777 to find out more about our payment plans.
If you’re a Victorian resident, you may be eligible for Skills First funding for our Certificate IV in Interior Decoration.
There may be some additional costs when studying this course. It’s difficult to be precise about what these might be as each student will have different expectations and requirements. It is a requirement of the course to have access to Adobe Creative Cloud and the necessary art materials. 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.
If you have any questions about your eligibility for a government-subsidised place or fee concession, contact the Future Student Advisor team on 1300 818 777 during business hours.
Skills First is a Victorian Government scheme that helps people access vocational education and training. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training. Mercer is currently offering government subsidised places for the following courses:
You can check if you are eligible for a government-subsidised place by using the government’s online Victorian Skills Gateway Eligibility Indicator.
Note: this indicator is to be used as a guide only. It does not guarantee you a government-subsidised place in a Mercer nationally recognised course. Mercer will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to access training subsidised through the Skills First program. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding
To be eligible for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria
If you are 20 years of age or over as at 1 January in the year you start your course, you may be eligible for a government-subsidised place if you are applying for a qualification higher than any other qualification you have already completed (in addition to meeting all other eligibility criteria).
Higher qualifications obtained overseas which have not been formally assessed for Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalency are not included in this prior education criteria;
Students of any age whose existing highest qualification is a VCE, VCAL, International Baccalaureate Diploma, or an Australian senior secondary school certificate, may be eligible for a government-subsidised place in a Certificate II level program or above.
You must not:
If you are ineligible for a government-subsidised place, you may be offered a full-fee place. You can get an estimate of your total course cost by checking the indicative course fees.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a concession to help reduce the amount of fees you need to pay.
Concessions on tuition fees are available for government-subsidised training in all courses below diploma level; and for training at any level (including diploma level and above) for Indigenous students.
Please contact our Future Student Advisor on 1300 818 777 during business hours if you think you may be eligible.
The information below is applicable to students who applied and enrolled to the Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration program in 2017/2018.
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme (VSL), which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
To check eligibility, click here.
It is important to note that Mercer only has a limited number of these places available and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
Please contact the Future Student Advisor team for more information on payment options. You may also be eligible for government fee assistance to help you cover the cost of your fees. See ‘Fee Assistance’ for the appropriate information.
If your VSL application is successful, the Australian Government will pay Mercer your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
If your program is eligible for the VSL scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay Mercer the difference once you exceed the cap.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt. You will start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (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.
The Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design) and Diploma of Arts (Interior Design) offered at Collarts are supported by the Australian Government’s FEE-HELP scheme for eligible students. This means that for students studying under the FEE-HELP scheme, we don’t require upfront payments for course fees.
The Higher Education Loan Program (FEE-HELP) and is the private institution version of the HECS-HELP system. For more information about FEE-HELP and eligibility criteria, see the Australian Government Study Assist website, or check out this blog post which explains the essentials.
Upon acceptance to Collarts, you will need to fill in enrolment paperwork. The paperwork allows you to indicate whether or not you would like to defer course fees to FEE-HELP. If you would like to use FEE-HELP, you will receive an email prior to census day which will provide you with access to complete an eCAF (online Fee-Help application) to defer your fees. Each student who uses FEE-Help must have a Tax File Number (TFN) to complete the eCAF application.
Note that despite the similarity in name, VET FEE HELP is a distinctly separate government service to FEE HELP and Collarts has not been affected by the 2016 government changes to VET FEE HELP.
If you are ineligible for FEE-HELP or you elect to pay your fees upfront, fee-paying students can pay by EFTPOS, direct deposit or credit card. All major cards are accepted.
Fees are $2,270.00 per unit, which is $9,080.00 per trimester for a full-time study load. The total cost for our diploma (two trimesters of study) is $18,160.00. The total cost for the two-year (six trimesters) degree is $54,480. You can see the full 2019 Fees Schedule here.
Tuition assurance protects students in the event a course of study provided by an approved HELP provider ceases to be provided after it starts but before it is completed. For more information about Collarts’ Tuition Assurance, click here.