Start TAFE Now Information for Schools and Parents

Start TAFE Now is just the beginning of a young person’s education journey. Deciding to undertake a study is not an easy choice. Be equipped to support your young people with their career aspirations with the information on this page.

VET student loans 

VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students studying diploma level and above qualifications to pay their tuition fees. It cannot be used for other study-related costs such as accommodation or textbooks. 

To find out more, go to VET Student Loan

Start TAFE Now school partnerships 

We have written agreements with schools that provide third-party services on our behalf. For details, please open the Start TAFE Now Partnership Listing. Specific information on partnered schools may be provided by your school VET Coordinator and CQU representative or by making a specific enquiry via email to

TAFE study opportunities post-year 12 

Queensland residents who have graduated Year 12 with a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), and are keen to start study within the next calendar year, may be eligible to study at CQU fee-free in high-priority study areas under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs. These programs are only applicable to predetermined courses for more details visit the Year 12 Graduate Fee-Free Training Fact Sheet or call our friendly Student Advice Team on 13 27 86. 

Student support 

We offer a variety of support services to assist our students to develop the personal resilience and skills needed to achieve both their academic and personal goals. To find out more about the various support services go to Student Support

After completeting the course 

Graduates can now access certified transcripts and the testamur for their course through My eQuals. These digital documents can be shared with anyone, including employers, universities and other parties, enabling them to view these online. 

Find more details on My eQuals