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Student Information

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Fees & Funding

For 2018 course fees, click here

For 2019 course fees, click here

Most of our courses are eligible for Victorian government funding (Skills First Program). If you are eligible for a government subsidised place, it can cover the majority, if not all of your course costs. We will not process your enrolment until week 3, when you return and we have confirmation you wish to complete the course using government funding. Bring your driver’s license and Medicare card (or Australian/NZ passport) if you wish to access funding.

Online eligibility check 

What is Government Funding?

You may be eligible for a government-subsidised place. This is called the Skills First Program. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training. To check your individual eligibility or if you want further course information call/email the office. There are limitations to using Victorian government funding, you need to make sure you are using your funding for the right course, as it may affect your access to future government funding.

Basic Funding Info

  • You must be an Australian, a New Zealand Citizen or a Permanent Resident
  • You must be up-skilling to a higher qualification than you already hold (unless under 20 at the 1st of January this year)
  • You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year
  • You can undertake up to two government-subsidised courses at one time
  • You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level.

*Funding rules may differ slightly for courses on the foundations skills list and apprenticeships.  Visit the Victorian Skills Gateway  for further information.

Vet Student Loans

We have the approval to deliver CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, with access to Vet Student Loans (VSL).

A Vet Student Loan is a government loan for eligible students studying an approved course at Diploma level or above. Students can access a loan, which is paid directly to Melbourne College of Further Education, to cover their course fees. Students repay the loan (plus a 20% loan fee for full fee paying students) to the Australian Government through the tax system. The VET Student Loan fee is not included in a person’s FEE-HELP balance but is included in a person’s VET Student Loans debt. Your repayments to the government commence when you earn over the threshold, the threshold changes each year, in 2017-2018 tax year the threshold is $55,874 . Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your Higher Education Loan Progam (HELP) debt. Before you can apply for a VSL you must read the Australian Government Vet Student Loans -Information for students guide.

The following information is very important for students to read prior to confirming enrolment and applying for a Vet Student Loan.

 Schedule of tuition fees here specific to CHC50113. If applying for a VSL to cover this fee, this is a debt you will need to repay to the Commonwealth government.

 Course start dates, planned completion dates, fee periods and census dates are listed under timetables, the census dates for the course you are enrolling in will be listed within the course timetable (Dates may change from time-to-time). Census dates for the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care are determined as follows. The course is approximately 12 months duration and $8995 full fees. We have divided the course into 4 fee periods of $2249 each (3 months each), with the census date exactly 1 month into each fee period, unless it falls on a weekend or public holiday, in which case it will be the following business day. The census dates will not be earlier than 20% of that fee period. Exact census dates will be listed on your course timetable, and further information on fee periods, census dates, tuition assurance, refunds etc. is detailed in the documents below.

Eligibility (Are you eligible checklist here) Three requirement you must:

1) Citizenship     +             2) Fee-Balance +             3) Academic suitability

You will also need a USI and TFN

Student Entry Procedure (full details within the MCFE VSL guide below)

  1. Student Enquiry
  2. Melbourne College of Further Education (MCFE) sends you an email with a Vet Student Loan information pack
  3. You need to collect your eligibility evidence (ID and copies of certificates)
  4. You will then attend a face-to-face information session, which includes information on:
    1. Fees, census dates, fee periods, Vet Student Loan information
    2. Course information, training plan and course timetable
    3. A pre-training review and enrolment form
    4. We will assess your eligibility documentation during this session
  5. If suitable for the course and eligible for Vet Student Loan we will process your enrolment and send you a welcome email and letter with your Vet Student Loan Statement of Covered fees &  Vet Student Loan Fee Notice
    1. You will be sent a link to eCAF, where you apply for your Vet Student Loan online
    2. Once all enrolment processes are completed successfully you will commence your first class, this is usually 1-2 weeks after the information session
    3. Throughout the course, to maintain your Vet Student Loan, you will need to confirm with the government that you are progressing successfully, you also need to show us suitable progression, with attending classes and submitting assessments regularly.
    4. You will receive a  VSL Fee notice before every cenus date and a Commonwealth assistance notice (CAN) after each census date
    5.  If you wish to cancel or withdraw from the course, you will need to be aware of the withdrawal procedures (within the MCFE VSL guide) and use this VSL withdrawal form

Documents you must read:

Includes general VSL information, eligibility, the process of applying for a loan, census dates, withdrawing or canceling a course, refunds,  personal information procedures, complaints & appeals, fair treatment and equal opportunity procedures, engagement of agents, repaying your loan/debt.

MCFE staff should read read the VSL rules 2016 and our staff, trainers & brokers VSL guide.

Learning Literacy & Numeracy Test (LLN)

If you do not have the required evidence for academic suitability (Year 12 Certificate or  a Certificate IV) you will need to complete the approved online LLN test. We have purchased the LLN Robot from the Learning Resource Group. The assessment takes an average of 40 minutes -1.5 hour to complete. You must get at least 13/15 to be considered at exit level 3 for both the Numeracy and reading sections, which is the requirement for Vet Student Loans. Student instructions for the LLN Robot are here, we will need to send you an email invite to access the correct test.

Vet Student Loans  – Brokers

In accordance with section 49 of the VET Student Loans Act 2016, MCFE specifically refrains from entering into any arrangement, whether written or not, that provides for another person to do any of the following in relation to an approved course:

(a)        enrol students, or accept applications for enrolment, in the course;

(b)        provide information or advice in relation to VET Student Loans (however described) for the course;

(c)        assist students to complete or submit applications for a VET Student Loan for the course;

(d)        assist, or provide support for, students who could be eligible for a VET Student Loan for the course to complete any assessments required to show that students are academically suited to undertake the course.

In accordance with sections 62 and 63 of the VET Student Loans Act 2016, in cold calling a person or in using a third party contact list to contact a person, MCFE specifically refrains from referring to the possible availability of a VET Student Loan, however described, for students undertaking a course.

Forms and Policies

Melbourne College of Further Education (MCFE) is a division of iAscend Polytechnic Pty Ltd RTO no.21340. All policies and procedures remain the same across MCFE and iAscend courses. If you would like to view the iAscend website click here

Click on the links below to download the form.

Training Locations

Head Office:   62-64 Little Latrobe Street, Melbourne, 3000 (5 minute walk from Melbourne Central Station)

Training rooms include:

Use Journey Planner to find the best travel route. Make sure you put the destination address (not venue name). Google map links are also below.

Little La Trobe Street (LLT) Main training facility & office

62-64 Little La Trobe Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 –  Ground (office) Level 1 (Bar and classroom) & Level 2  (Bar and classroom)

Tram Stop:

Elizabeth Street and Melbourne Central (Tram no. 19, 57, 59)

RMIT University (Tram no. 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72)

Train Station: Melbourne Central

617 Spencer Street (not operational yet)

39/617-643 Spencer Street, West Melbourne, 3000

Can enter from Spencer Street (Through metal gates) or from the laneway on Ireland St.

Tram Stop: 

11: Victoria Street & Errol Street (Tram no. 57)

Train Station: North Melbourne

Ground 333 Flinders Lane 

Tram stop:

4: Elizabeth St/Flinders Steet

Train Station: Flinders Street

Footscray & Hoppers Crossing locations

All rooms have access to computers, printers, Wi-Fi and much more.

If you need further access to Wi-Fi, computers and printers outside class time you may book a time with the head office, between 9am and 5pm weekdays.

Industry Partners

Referrals & Brokers

MCFE as a division of iAscend engages marketing brokers to work with relevant enterprises and service agencies and to refer to us potential students for whom training in specific courses may be suitable and appropriate to their vocational needs.  A fee is paid to these brokers for these services.

Marketing brokers currently engaged are:

  • Victoria Recruitment Agency
  • Ethical Training Solutions

As a member of the Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET), iAscend follows the ACPET Code of Practice for the Engagement of Education Agents to ensure that agents engaged by iAscend conform to the highest professional and ethical standards.

The brokers are reported to ASQA and Skills Victoria prior to commencing their contract.


iAscend has affiliations with industry employers, to help our students gain practical placment experience.

Accommodation & Care Services 

Accommodation and Care Solutions (ACARES) is an aged and disability care provider established in 2003. Operating throughout Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Queensland 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. IAscend will refer Individual Support Students to ACARES if they meet the minimum placement criteria.

Quality reports

iAscend Polytechnic  Pty Ltd, trading as Melbourne College of Further Education (MCFE) is registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

To check our registration details as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) click here This website will provide a summary of our RTO, scope of registration (what courses we can deliver), key contacts, restrictions and what States we can deliver in.

MCFE believe in delivering quality training and assessment. We ensure we comply with the Victorian Governments Quality Charter as well as our own service standards.

MCFE Service Standards

  • Be transparent
  • Be honest
  • Be better – strive to continuously improve
  • Be yourself and letters others be themselves – equality for all
  • Be informed

Quality Indicators – Student and Employer Surveys

To view the latest quality indicator report click here. The students (if applicable) and employers surveyed for these indicators were selected by this organisation in accordance with national guidelines.

Audit Reports

The last audit conducted by the regulatory body was in August 2015, this was a compliance monitoring audit.  The copy of the audit report from located here.

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