Diploma in peril if TAFE fees go up

"I'D love to continue studying at Meadowbank College but I can't really pay $10,000 for a diploma," said Rebecca Wilson, 19, of Cherrybrook, who is in her first year of a two-year diploma at the TAFE.

She was especially frustrated because Education Minister Adrian Piccoli's changes were introduced after the Universities Admission's Centre cut-off.

Ironically Ms Wilson was accepted into the College of Fine Arts but chose to study at Meadowbank because of the course's strong reputation.

"It cost me $1500 but is now going to cost as much as the COFA course — but I won't come out with a degree and it will be 13 hours a week, instead of the 24 it is now," she said.

The Department of Education and Communities would not divulge its fee structure for 2013, saying only that "the amount of fees and subsidies will be published in 2013".

Its website stated pre-vocational training, skill sets and qualifications from certificate IV to advanced diploma would be subsidised in 2013.

A TAFE spokeswoman said fine arts courses would not.

■ An Artrage Rally will be held outside Parliament House on Wednesday, November 14.

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