Fees & Payments

Designers need to eat too! Here’s how you can help feed us. How to pay, what to pay and payment plans. All the financial aspects of your educational investment is listed below.

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Enrolled Prior To July 1st 2021?

If you enrolled in any course with The Graphic Design School prior to July 1st 2021, please use the following link to check the terms & conditions and pricing/payment options specific to your enrolment.

Payment Methods

Web enrolment is available, online 24/7 via credit card. PayPal payment is also supported for select Payment plans.

Clients who wish to pay via bank transfer, please email accounts@thegraphicdesignschool.com to find out if you are eligible to pay via bank transfer. Payment in cash is not accepted.

Fees payable Fees are payable upon enrolment with The Graphic Design School. The Graphic Design School may discontinue training if fees are not paid as required. Administration charges of FEES.ADMIN.VALUE apply to declined transactions due through part payment. In order to avoid admin charges please email or call the school before your due transaction debit date if you are having difficulty making payments.

Direct Debit agreement for part payments Direct debits will be drawn from the same credit card or PayPal account that you used for enrolment. It is not necessary to pay through the payment page of the website each due payment date. Payments are deducted automatically on the same date each month for the duration of the selected payment plan.

Course Fees

The CUA40720 Certificate IV in Design costs a full payment of CERTIV.1.PRICE.TOTAL with a fees structure described below.

  • Initial Course Fees. The initial fee is CERTIV.1.PRICE.VALUE which is deducted on the day of enrolment. This initial course fee covers all costs for the first 6 months of tuition.

  • Second and Third Instalments. The second instalment of CERTIV.1.PRICE.VALUE is direct debited from the credit card you enrolled with 6 months to the day, after enrolment. The third instalment of CERTIV.1.PRICE.VALUE is direct debited a further 6 months from then (12 months after enrolment).

  • Course Completion Fees. The remaining CERTIV.1.PRICE.COMPLETION course fee is direct debited upon course completion and prior to issuance of your certificate.

CUA40720 Certificate IV In Design Upgrade Course Fees

The online CUA40720 Certificate IV in Design Upgrade Course is available to students of the Intensive Foundations Course, it costs a full price one off payment of CERTUP.11.PRICE.VALUE

Students may also opt to pay for the course via a part payment method. CERTUP.12.PRICE.VALUE upfront fee followed by a CERTUP.12.PRICE.VALUE fee the following month or upon course completion, whichever comes first. This comes to a total cost of CERTUP.12.PRICE.TOTAL

The above part payment schedule includes a small fee of FEES.ADMIN.VALUE for school administration and bank charges.

As the course is self paced the above stated fees are for a maximum course duration of 3 months. For more specific details regarding the part payment direct debit arrangements, students must read and agree to our Terms and Conditions before enrolling under the part payment plan on the enrolment page of the website.

Please Note: These prices apply to all IFC students enrolled after Aug 2019 - if you enrolled prior to this please contact us on accounts@thegraphicdesignschool.com

Course Extensions

Students who do not complete their course within the allotted course duration will be eligible to purchase an extension. If the student does not purchase the course extension, the student may request a certificate stating modules completed to a competent level. Access to the course and its materials will be declined after the enrolment period has elapsed. Access to learning materials not already undertaken will strictly be declined.

  • 6 month extension: CERTIV.EXTENSION.VALUE
  • 3 month extension: WDC.EXTENSION.VALUE

Students who opt to purchase a course extension, must submit a module for grading within the extension period in order to be eligible to remain on the course – regardless of which extension duration was purchased.

Fees Paid On A Traineeship

Students who are enrolling as a trainee will not be eligible for part payments. Full price enrolments only for students who are undertaking a traineeship.

Government Training Entitlements

For Australian students who think they may be eligible for government training subsidies. Please quote our Centrelink #2R013 and see the page linked below.

https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/students-and-trainees

Student Cancellation / Refunds

Refunds - 7 day trial period

Students who cancel their enrolment within 7 days of enrolment will be entitled to a full refund of fees paid, irrespective of whether the student has undertaken assessment. Requests for refunds will be processed and transacted at the end of each month in which the cancellation notification was received. Certificates will not be issued in the case of a full refund request. Refunds can be requested by email to support@thegraphicdesignschool.com you will need to complete a simple refund request form.

Refund After The 7 Day Trial Period

Students who seek refund after 7 days will only be considered for partial refund in the case of compassionate and compelling circumstances (listed below) within the first 6 months of enrolment. In this case certified copies of documents supporting the student’s case must accompany applications for refund. Partial refunds can be requested by email to support@thegraphicdesignschool.com. You will need to complete a refund request form, attach it with your documents and forward via post to the address supplied on the refund form. Issuance of a partial refund is at the sole discretion of the school, if the school does not deem that you qualify for and/or cannot provide sufficient documents to support your case, you will not be issued a refund. Refunds will NOT be considered after 6 months of course enrolment (compassionate or otherwise). The following partial refunds apply to the following courses:

CUA40720 Certificate IV in Design

A non-refundable course fee of CERTIV.REFUNDS.NON_REFUNDABLE_FEES applies to all refunds after 7 days. Plus non-refundable fee of CERTIV.REFUNDS.NON_REFUNDABLE_PER_MODULE per module supplied, and a non-refundable fee of CERTIV.REFUNDS.NON_REFUNDABLE_PER_MODULE per module submitted for grading. On or after 6 months from the enrolment date of your IFC or Cert IV Course all fees are non-refundable. Regardless of assessment undertaken, regardless of circumstance (compassionate or otherwise).

A student who is issued a partial refund will be asked to sign a Deed of Release. In the case where a student has successfully completed modules they may request a certificate stating modules achieved. The student will no longer have any access to the Schoolyard or learning materials.

Refunds will NOT be considered after 6 months of course enrolment (compassionate or otherwise).

CUA40720 Certificate IV in Design Upgrade Course is non-refundable after the 7-day refund period.

Definition Of Compassionate And Compelling Circumstances

Compassionate and compelling circumstances encompass events, conditions or circumstances that are:

  • Beyond the student’s control
  • Do not eventuate until after the course has been commenced
  • Affect the student’s ability to complete course work in the given timeframe.

The above circumstances are limited to:

  • Serious illness in oneself
  • Natural disaster affecting ones principle place of residence
  • Traumatic experience that physically affects the ability to study
Circumstances That Do Not Entitle Students To A Refund:
  • If student enrolment is terminated by the school due to a serious breach of school policy or our terms and conditions as described in our direct debit agreement, a refund will not be issued.
  • If a student has falsified documents or intentionally misleading information on enrolment form or payment system that have influenced the decision to offer a place in the course. This includes falsifying or intentionally misleading your capacity to undertake the course.
  • Student discontinues the course for reasons that the school does not deem to qualify for compassionate and compelling circumstances.
  • Student does not provide sufficient or correct evidence to support a case of compassionate and compelling circumstances.
  • Student does not finish the full course before 1-year course finish date and has elected to not purchase the 6-month extension.
  • If a student has an existing condition or circumstance at the time of enrolment that may prevent the student from undertaking or completing the course.
  • The student has reached or passed the 6 months of their enrolment date.

Note 1: Refund payments are processed by way or reversal of funds to the credit card, PayPal or bank account that fees were paid through initially.

Note 2: All refunds are granted at the discretion of the Director.

Note 3: All refunds processed will include a receipt explaining refund calculations.

International Shipping Fees

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, AusPost has placed restrictions on shipments to certain countries. Some countries are not open for shipping at all, however most International destinations are still operating.

Unfortunately there are extra shipping costs for student certificates in international destinations, this freight cost varies and can go up to AU$96. We have however decided to set a AU$50 flat rate fee to be charged to the student, this will be invoiced upon issuance of the certificate. Please note this rate includes handling and where available internal tracking and signature on delivery.

Please know that we are closely monitoring any changes, as soon as AusPost returns to normal operations we will abolish this shipping fee.

The Graphic Design School is authorised to charge the following administration and associated fees:

Administration Fees

  • Decline Payment
  • Course Extension
  • Course Upgrade
  • Intensive Foundation Course Administration
  • Certificate IV Course Administration
  • Web Design Course Administration
  • Design@Work Course Administration
  • Student Assessment (in the case of partial refund or re-enrolment)
  • Re-enrolment
  • Re-issuance of Certificate

Details of fees listed are explained later in the Terms and Conditions document.

Course Incompletion

Students who do not complete the course within the allotted enrolment period for their course will be entitled to purchase an extension

  • 3 month extension: WDC.EXTENSION.VALUE
  • 6 month extension: CERTIV.EXTENSION.VALUE
  • 9 month extension: WDC.EXTENSION.3xVALUE
  • 12 month extension: WDC.EXTENSION.4xVALUE

Students who opt to purchase an extension must submit a module for grading within the extension period in order to be eligible to remain on the course.

If the student does not purchase the course extension, the student may request a certificate stating modules completed to satisfaction. Access to the course and its materials will be declined after the course expiry date has passed. Access to learning materials not already undertaken will strictly be declined. The course cannot be deferred.

CUA40720 Certificate IV In Design Course Incompletion Within 15 Months Period

Students who do not complete the course within the 15 months allotted for the course will be entitled to purchase a 6—month extension for CERTIV.EXTENSION.VALUE. Students who opt to purchase a 6 month extension must submit a module for grading within the extension period in order to be eligible to remain on the course. If the student does not purchase the course extension, the student may request a certificate stating modules completed to satisfaction (Please note, Statement of Attainment cannot be issued until the full 12 modules are completed). Access to the course and its materials will be declined after the 15 months date has passed. Access to learning materials not already undertaken will strictly be declined. The course cannot be deferred.

Students who do not complete the course within the allotted enrolment period for their course will be entitled to purchase an extension

  • 3 month extension: WDC.EXTENSION.VALUE
  • 6 month extension: CERTIV.EXTENSION.VALUE
  • 9 month extension: WDC.EXTENSION.3xVALUE
  • 12 month extension: WDC.EXTENSION.4xVALUE

Students who opt to purchase an extension must submit a module for grading within the extension period in order to be eligible to remain on the course.

If the student does not purchase the course extension, the student may request a certificate stating modules completed to satisfaction. Access to the course and its materials will be declined after the course expiry date has passed. Access to learning materials not already undertaken will strictly be declined. The course cannot be deferred.

Student Re-Enrolment

Re-enrolment is by application and is at the discretion of the Director. There are no payment plans for re-enrolment fees. These must be paid in full.

Re-Enrolling in the CUA40720 Certificate IV in Design

Full price of the CUA40720 Certificate IV in Design (CERTIV.1.PRICE.TOTAL) minus any previous course fees already paid (exclusive of extension payments).

Students who re-enrol in the Certificate IV in Design Course within 6 months of their course expiry date, will be required to purchase either a 12 month ($800) course extension irrespective of the Module they are up to. They will be able to recommence their studies upon successful purchase of their extension.

Students wishing to re-enrol 6 months after their course expiry date will be required to purchase a 12 month ($800) extension irrespective of the Module they are up to, plus a $1000 re-enrolment fee in order to re-commence their studies. So $1800 in total (plus any leftover course fees as stated above).

Re-Issuance Of Certificate

You may gain hard copies of your certificate and/or statement of attainment for FEES.RE_ISSUANCE.HARD_COPY for each obtained. Postage and handling within Australia will be charged at FEES.RE_ISSUANCE.POSTAGE.AUSTRALIA, and FEES.RE_ISSUANCE.POSTAGE.OTHER outside of Australia. PayPal, credit card or Australian cheque payments accepted only.

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