What is the difference between ‘provider-based’ and ‘work-based’ learning?

Provider-based study refers to courses where you are studying on campus, or online. If you’re enrolled in provider-based study, you can get up $12,000 covered by Fees Free for your first year of study.

Work-based learning refers to programmes where you are training in a workplace, or doing ‘on the job’ learning. If you’re enrolled in work-based learning, you can get up to $12,000 for the first 24 months of your programme.

The Fees Free eligibility criteria for provider-based and work-based learning are different, so it’s important that you check the eligibility criteria for the correct type of learning when determining if you are eligible for Fees Free. If you’re unsure whether you’re enrolled in provider-based or work-based learning, check with your tertiary education organisation.

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