University course costs

The information published on this website is subject to change by the Australian Government. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Australian Government's Study Assist website.

Course costs for domestic students

The amount you pay for your course will depend on the type of course you are enrolled in. There are two main types of courses for domestic students:

  • Commonwealth-supported place (CSP)
  • Domestic fee-paying (DFEE) – most postgraduate courses are DFEE courses.

Other undergraduate course types include:

  • ADF – sponsored by the Australian Defence Force (ie student contribution paid by the Australian Defence Force)
  • C3F – three years Commonwealth-supported, fourth year fee-paying place
  • CBF – a combination of CSP and DFEE (ie Bachelor program is CSP, Masters program is DFEE)
  • ENA – Commonwealth-supported and exempt from student contributions
  • OTH – domestic fee-paying with no government loan scheme for students
  • VET – domestic fee-paying with VET Student Loans for eligible students.

Course types are identified in the relevant course descriptions in UAC's course search.

Paying for a Commonwealth-supported place (CSP) course

Students enrolled in a CSP course only have to pay part of the cost of the course (a student contribution) and the Australian Government pays the remainder of the cost. As such, CSP courses typically cost less than equivalent DFEE courses. Some postgraduate courses have a limited number of CSP courses available.

Each institution sets its own student contribution level for each unit of study within a range set by the Australian Government, and the range varies depending on the area of study. These amounts are indexed each year and are based on one year of full-time study.

The Australian Government groups the ranges into 'bands'.

Student contribution band

2018 student contribution range

Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, education, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, nursing

$0–$6,444

Band 2: computing, built environment, other health, allied health, engineering, surveying, agriculture, mathematics, statistics, science

$0–$9,185

Band 3: law, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, accounting, administration, economics, commerce

$0–$10,754

PAYING A STUDENT CONTRIBUTION

To pay their student contribution, Australian citizens and holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa can either:

  • pay the entire student contribution up-front,
  • receive a HECS-HELP loan for all of the student contribution, or
  • pay some of the student contribution up-front and receive a HECS-HELP loan for the balance.

All CSP students (including up-front payers) must submit a ‘Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP’ form regardless of their payment option. This form is provided by the institution.

Students don't have to start repaying their HECS-HELP loan until their income reaches a certain level. Students must have a tax file number (TFN) since repayments are made through the taxation system. Apply for a TFN online through the Australian Taxation Office.

New Zealand citizens and holders of an Australian permanent resident visa must pay all of the student contribution up-front. For more information, visit the Australian Government's Study Assist website.

Paying for a domestic fee-paying (DFEE) course

Students enrolled in a DFEE course pay the full cost of their course. As DFEE courses are not subsidised by the Australian Government they will typically cost more than equivalent CSP courses. Tuition fees are set by the respective institution.

To pay their tuition fee, Australian citizens and holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa can either:

  • pay the entire tuition fee up-front
  • receive a FEE-HELP loan or VET Student Loan (which replaced the VET FEE-HELP scheme from 1 January 2017) for the whole tuition fee
  • pay some of the tuition fee up-front and receive a FEE-HELP loan or VET Student Loan for the balance.

FEE-HELP loans help eligible fee-paying students pay all or part of their tuition fees and are subject to a 25% loan fee.

VET Student Loans help eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications (Diploma level and above) pay their tuition fees, and are subject to a 20% loan fee.

In 2018, FEE-HELP loans and VET Student Loans allow students to borrow a total of $102,392 (or $127,992 for medicine, dentistry or veterinary science).

Students don't have to start repaying these loans until their income reaches a certain level. Students must have a tax file number (TFN) since repayments are made through the taxation system. Apply for a TFN online through the Australian Taxation Office. New Zealand citizens and holders of an Australian permanent resident visa must pay all of the student contribution up-front. For more information, visit the Australian Government's Study Assist website.

Course costs for international students

Tuition fees and related policies are set by the respective institution and are subject to change. Tuition fees are based on an average course load, which may vary depending on your exact enrolment. The indicative annual tuition fees are provided in the course descriptions, which you can access via the course search.

Tuition fees generally cover teaching costs and may also include:

  • reception at the airport nearest to campus
  • assistance in finding accommodation
  • orientation program
  • access to all available student services and facilities
  • special uniforms for nursing courses.

Tuition fees do not include:

  • accommodation expenses
  • costs of textbooks, course materials, study aids and equipment
  • living expenses such as food, transport and clothing
  • costs of field trips
  • health cover and medical costs.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

Most (but not all) institutions charge a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature, regardless of whether students intend to use the services and amenities provided. The SSAF is indexed annually and may be spent on amenities and services such as sporting and recreational activities, employment and career advice, child care, financial advice and food services. For more information on the SSAF, visit the Australian Government's Department of Education and Training website.