The cost of a course depends on the number of hours nominated for each unit of competency, the type of study involved and whether the course is subsidised by the government or is fee-for-service*.
Fees vary between courses depending on the nature of the course. Depending on the course there may be an additional charge for materials, textbooks and uniforms.
Charges vary between courses and subjects and are based on a rate per hour. Concessions may be available to holders of certain government concession cards, and in some circumstances fees may be paid by instalment.
Indicative fees for the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing course are as follows:
Open Colleges School of Health is an approved VET Student Loans (VSL) provider for the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing.
Indicative fees for the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support - Western Australia course are as follows:
Indicative fees for the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support - South Australia course are as follows:
The student tuition fees above are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees.
You may be eligible for tuition subsidies and concessions from State or Commonwealth Government. Follow the links below for more information about the funding schemes and subsidies available through YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health.
YourLife Health & Learning Inc. trading as Open Colleges School of Health (RTO Code 40049) is an approved VET Student Loans provider.
What is VET Student Loans (VSL)?
The VET Student Loans program is an Australian Government loan program that helps eligible students enrolled in approved courses pay their tuition fees. If you are an eligible student, the Department of Education and Training may approve your VET Student Loan for an approved course. The department will pay your loan directly to Open Colleges School of Health. You will be responsible for any gap amount in the tuition fees (if applicable), which are not covered by the loan. You will owe a debt to the Australian Government for the loan, which will be managed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
The Department has set a limit on the School that does not support all students having access to VSL for all tuition fees. In order for all our students to have equitable access to VSL, the School has set an amount that can be deferred to VSL leaving a student contribution that is required.
Eligibility for VET Student Loans
You may be eligible for the VET Student Loan program if you:
Open Colleges School of Health undertake interviews for applicants applying to study in an approved course. If the student meets the Open Colleges eligibility criteria, you will also be required to:
If you cannot meet any of these requirements, you will not be eligible to apply for VET Student Loans, but you may still be eligible to enrol in the course.
Please read the VET Student Loans information booklet for more information
Loan Application Form (eCAF)
If you have met the VET Student Loans requirements, Open Colleges School of Health will advise the Department of Education and Training of your enrolment. The Department will provide you login details to access their system to apply for the loan and complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF). You will need to provide the email confirmation and form to Open Colleges School of Health by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for processing.
Ensuring that you have submitted your eCAF documentation to Open Colleges School of Health for processing prior to your first census day is your responsibility. Failure to submit your eCAF will result in your loan not being activated and your tuition fees not being covered by VET Student Loans. See the schedule of fees section for census days in your course.
Non State Government subsidised students will be charged a 20% loan fee. The loan fee is added to the student loan but is not included within the student’s lifetime FEE-HELP limit. Students enrolled in the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing course and using State subsidy funding do not attract this loan fee.
Tuition Fees are provided for each course. Students will be provided with a Schedule of Fees during the enrolment process which details fee and census day information specific to their application into the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing.
What is the Census Day?
The census day is the last date which students can withdraw from a Unit of Study without incurring a VSL debt for that unit of study.
Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN)
You will be sent a Fee Notice at least 14 days before each census day, indicating your fees and census dates. Your debt is incurred the day after your census day and you will be issued with a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) within 28 days of the census day via email indicating the debt incurred. The CAN will include details of the unit/s of study covered by VET Student Loans.
If you believe that the information in your CAN is incorrect, you must, within 14 days of the CAN issue, submit a CAN review request by emailing email@example.com. You should include evidence showing why you think your CAN is incorrect.
If upon review it is determined that the original CAN was incorrect, your CAN will be corrected and re-issued.
Withdrawal from Course
If you are an eligible student studying HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing and formally cancel your enrolment before any census day you will receive a refund of any tuition fees (except any non-refundable up-front payments and any incidental costs) you have paid in advance for the study period related to that census day, and will not incur a VETSL debt for the study period related to that census day.
If you are an eligible student studying HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing and formally cancel your enrolment after any census day you will incur a VETSL debt for the census dates that have already passed, unless the debt is remitted under special circumstances. If special circumstances apply, you will need to apply for a refund/recredit. Please refer to our policies page for further information.
Any cancellation from the course must be completed using the School’s formal process.
Current approved course list under VET Student Loans (VSL)
More information about VET Student Loans approved courses can be found on the Department of Education Website here.
For further information on VET Student Loans please click here.
Eligible students will be entitled for loans up to a capped amount. Students will need to contribute the gap if the total course fee exceeds the loan cap for a course.
For student entry procedures, conditions and eligibility criteria on any of the above, contact us on 1300 886 204.
*This Fees and Payments page is valid for courses delivered by YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health, and not valid for other Open Colleges courses.
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