Government funded massage courses are in hot demand at Sage Institute of Massage in Melbourne!
With a many of our students qualifying for government funding or VET FEE-HELP, we field a lot of enquiries about eligibility: “Is there an age limit?”; “Am I eligible if I study part-time?”; “What if I have a previous qualification?”; and, of course, the biggie; “How much money does it save if I qualify?”.
Of course, the best way to answer any specific questions you have is to call us directly on 1300 889 889, but in the meantime, we thought we’d try to shed a little light on the subject for you…
Who is eligible for government funding?
Every individual’s circumstances are different, depending on background, previous education, age, finance and a number of other factors, but we can give you some general pointers here that we hope will help:
- If you are under 20 years of age, a permanent resident or an Australian citizen, and are not tertiary qualified, you are automatically eligible for a government funded massage course.
- If you are over 20 years of age, you may be eligible as long as you are up-skilling from a lower level qualification, e.g., if you have completed a Certificate III level qualification and want to up-skill to a Certificate IV level.
How does it work?
Funding can be provided by either State or Federal governments, e.g., Skills Victoria is
funded by the Federal government and you must be resident in Victoria to be eligible. Students don’t need to worry about obtaining the funding themselves, however; Sage takes care of it all for you! No headache or hassle involved!
How long does it take to get funding approval?
If you are eligible, approval can come through on the day – you just need to make a time to come in and have a chat with our friendly Career Advisors and we’ll get you started. Easy!
Is there an Age Limit?
No, there is no age limit for eligibility, which is great news for mature students and career changers. Remember, it’s never too late to make a start to a new career in massage! You can read more on the Sage blog here about changing career and how Sage can help.
What if I want to study part-time?
Students may be eligible for government funding for both part-time and full-time massage courses as long as they meet the requisite criteria.
What if I have a previous tertiary education?
Sometimes we get students from overseas who already have a tertiary qualification, but don’t worry, you may still be eligible if it’s never been VET Assessed or transferred over. If you are already Degree qualified from an Australian Tertiary Institute, you can still study massage at Sage but your qualification may preclude you from government funding. Every case needs to be assessed individually, however, and it’s best to ask our career advisors for guidance.
What percentage of the course fees are covered by government funding?
Sage has two great payment options for massage course fees – one where you pay a lesser fee upfront and a second one where you enter a flexible payment plan over a number of months convenient to you.
- For the upfront option, government funding may cover approx. 72% of the massage course fees
- For the flexible payment plan option, government funding may cover just over 68% of the massage course fees
The right payment plan is highly specific to the individual and the Sage team prides itself on its ability to provide flexible payment solutions. Call our Career Advisors to discuss which of our government funded massage courses is the right option for you.
What if I have a concession card?
Government funding for students with a valid concession card from Centrelink may be eligible for over 95% of the course fees.
If you’re interested in top quality government funded massage courses, call Sage Institute of Massage today on 1300 889 889 and ask us how government funding can help you get started with your new career in massage.
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