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Scholarships available for TAFE New England Students

TAFE New England has announced that, from 1 July, students may be eligible for a Smart and Skilled Fee-free scholarship, in addition to the range of scholarships that are offered by the Institute. TAFE New England is committed to ensuring that every person has access to education and training opportunities.

Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, announced on 2 July that applications for 200,000 free vocational education and training places are now open under the State Government’s Smart and Skilled fee-free scholarship program, across the state.

“The program will allow 200,000 disadvantaged young people to go to TAFE or other vocational education and training providers without paying student fees, with priority given to residents of social housing”, Mr Marshall said.

TAFE New England offers a range of scholarships, which now includes Smart and Skilled Scholarships, to assist students who may be experiencing barriers to their learning. The new scholarships are designed to help people who are eligible for concession fees to undertake training under Smart and Skilled.

Student Services Director, Cheryl Wilson said “TAFE New England counselling and careers advisers can source scholarships from a variety of sources including government departments, business as well as other organisations for eligible students”.

“Everyone, regardless of their circumstances or background, deserves the opportunity to build their future and achieve their career goals”, Ms Wilson added.

To be eligible for a Smart and Skilled Fee-free Scholarship, the student must commence training in a Smart and Skilled course, after 1 July 2015, be eligible for a concession fee and meet the eligibility criteria for a government training place under Smart and Skilled.

Members of the community who would like to find out more information about the range of scholarships available to students at TAFE New England, should contact TAFE New England’s counselling and careers advisers located throughout the region on 1800 448  176 or visit www.tne.edu.au.