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Tuition fees

Understand how your fees are calculated depending on what type of student you are and the course you are studying.


When you received your offer to the University, it included an offer type that determines the fees you pay. Most students are also liable for the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Your financial statement

You can view your financial statement for each semester or research period in Sydney Student (go to 'My finance', 'Your finances', then 'View financial statements'). You will have a separate financial statement for your SSAF.

The statement lists each unit of study that you’re enrolled in for that payment period and includes its associated:

  • tuition fee amount
  • equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL)
  • due date for payment
  • census date.

Instructions on how to pay your fees are also provided.

Changes to higher education funding

On 19 June 2020 the Government announced its intention to make significant changes to higher education funding through the Job-ready Graduates Package. The package proposes changes to the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) funding clusters and student contribution bands for new students who enrol with a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) after 1 January 2021.

The proposed changes include ‘grandfathering’ arrangements for Commonwealth supported students who commenced their course before 1 January 2021, however these students may also be affected in some circumstances. See below for more information about the ‘grandfathering’ proposals.

The package has not yet been approved by Parliament and may be subject to further changes. If passed as currently proposed the changes will mean that from 1 January 2021 the amounts new students pay to take units of study in different disciplines (usually deferred through HECS-HELP loan – the student contribution) may change. For new students from 2021, their contribution amounts will increase in some fields of education and decrease in others, compared to current levels.

We are following the progress of the package carefully, and recommend you check this page for updates.

Proposed ‘grandfathering’ arrangements for continuing students

The Government’s proposed changes include ‘grandfathering’ arrangements for Commonwealth supported students who commenced their course before 1 January 2021. These proposed arrangements have been designed to ensure that most continuing CSP students are not disadvantaged and do not pay more than they currently do, if the proposed changes become law. For example:

  • if you are a continuing student enrolling after 1 January 2021 in a unit of study in a discipline where the Government proposes to increase the student contribution amount, you will continue to pay the same amount as you would have, had the proposed changes not been implemented
  • if you are a continuing student enrolling from 1 January 2021 in a unit of study in a discipline where the Government proposes to decrease the student contribution amount, you will pay the new lower student contribution.

Students who enrolled before 2021 may also be affected in some circumstances - the grandfathering arrangements are complex and do not cover all pre-2021 students. For instance, if you commenced before 2021, but did not remain enrolled in any units of study at the relevant census dates, the University currently understands that grandfathering arrangements will not apply to you.

You can learn more about the Government’s proposed changes, including the proposed operation of the grandfathering arrangement on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website and in the Government’s FAQs.

We recommend you check the Government’s advice about the grandfathering arrangements.

This information is based on information provided by the Government about its proposed package as at 4 September 2020. Further changes may be made by the Parliament.

Update on the progress of Government’s legislation

You can find updates to the progress of the legislation.

We continue to follow the progress of the package carefully while considering the implications of the package for the University and Commonwealth supported students in future years.

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Last updated: 07 September 2020

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