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Student Fees

While the State Government subsidises Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Western Australia, students are required to contribute toward the cost of their training. In order to enrol you must pay the required fees or enter into a fee payment arrangement. At West Coast Institute, three types of fees may be charged:

  • Course fees - set by the State Government and are calculated on the category of enrolment
  • Resource fees - covers materials purchased by the Institute which will be consumed or transformed by students in the course of instruction, such as workshop materials & workbooks
  • Other fees - charged for goods and services that are not essential to the course but are provided by the Institute such as security and IT infrastructure. 

In addition to these fees, students may need to purchase textbooks, uniforms and other course specific equipment.


An indicative list of course costs is published on our website as a guide for students. Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in, so an approximate amount is shown, they may also reflect the previous semester's fees if the next semester's fees have not yet been released.

In addition to these enrolment fees, students may need to purchase textbooks, uniforms and other course specific equipment.

View a summary of indicative fees - These fees are estimates for students doing state subsidized courses starting in 2016. 

The enrolment fees are applied at qualification level and generally reflect the relative priority of qualifications based on occupational outcome and industry need. Therefore individual units, when undertaken as part of different qualifications, may attract different fee rates.

There are a limited number of subsidised (State Funded) places in each course, and some students may be given the option of paying for the course in full. These are referred to as a Fee for Service Enrolments (FFS).  Fee for Service enrolments have different payment options and is non- refundable unless the course is cancelled.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is the State Government Department responsible for Western Australia’s Vocational Education and Training fee policy. The policy, including the full schedule of student course fees and charges for State Funded Enrolments can be accessed at the VET Fees and Charges Policy 2016

For further information about the way that the State Government funds training in WA, please visit the Future Skills WA website.