Fees

University course costs

On 19 June 2020 the Commonwealth Government announced the Job-ready Graduates Package, which proposes significant changes to student contributions in 2021. All changes are subject to the passage of legislation.

Details of the Job-ready Graduates Package

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.

How much you'll pay for Commonwealth-supported place (CSP) courses

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'.

2020 student contributions

Student contribution band Max. student contribution
Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, education, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, nursing $6,684
Band 2: computing, built environment, other health, allied health, engineering, surveying, agriculture, mathematics, statistics, science $9,527
Band 3: law, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, accounting, administration, economics, commerce $11,155


2021 proposed student contributions

The Commonwealth Government has announced the Job-ready Graduates Package, which proposes the following student contributions in 2021. All changes are subject to the passage of legislation.

Funding cluster Part of funding cluster Max. student contribution
Funding Cluster 1
Management and commerce, arts, humanities (excluding languages), law, economics and communications
$14,500
Funding Cluster 2
Maths, IT, architecture, health, education, English, postgraduate clinical psychology (other units of study in psychology are in Cluster 1) and creative arts
Teaching, postgraduate clinical psychology, mathematics and English $3,700
Health, architecture, information technology and creative arts $7,700
Funding Cluster 3
Science, engineering, environmental studies, nursing and languages
Nursing and languages $3,700
Engineering, environmental studies and science$7,700
Funding Cluster 4
Agriculture, dental and veterinary sciences
Agriculture $3,700

Medical, dental and veterinary science

$11,300


Download the proposed 2021 allocation of units of study to funding clusters.

How to pay for a Commonwealth-supported place (CSP) course

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 must submit a ‘Request for Commonwealth support and HECS‑HELP’ form, regardless of their payment option (including upfront payers). The institution will give you the form.

Repayments for HECS-HELP loans are based on income and are made through the taxation system so you must have a tax file number. Students don’t have to start repaying their HECS-HELP loan until their income reaches a certain level.

New Zealand citizens who are Special Category Visa (SCV) holders and meet the requisite criteria can also access the loans. Other New Zealand citizens and holders of an Australian permanent resident visa (other than an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) don’t have access to HECS-HELP loans and must pay all of the student contribution upfront.

For more information, visit the Australian Government's Study Assist website.

How to pay 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 and VET Student Loans

FEE-HELP loans help eligible fee-paying students pay all or part of their tuition fees and are subject to a 25% loan fee. The loan fee does not apply to students at Torrens University, the University of Notre Dame Australia, Bond University or the University of Divinity. Postgraduate students are also exempt.

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 2020, FEE-HELP loans and VET Student Loans allow students to borrow a total of $106,319 (or $152,700 for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or an eligible aviation course).

You don't have to start repaying these loans until your income reaches a certain level. You 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.