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Understanding your fees

The fees you pay will depend on what type of student you are and the course you are studying.

Overview

As a student there are fees that you pay to attend the University:

  • Tuition fees for your course - you will need to pay tuition fees for each unit you undertake. The amount you pay will depend on your course, units and whether you’re a domestic or international student.
  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) - this is charged each semester to fund non-academic services and support programs at the University. Most students are required to pay this fee in addition to their tuition fees.

These fees do not include additional costs for equipment and materials such as textbooks.

Calculating your fees

Fees are calculated based on your course, the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and your study load.

  1. To see your actual incurred fees by teaching period, you can log in to Sydney Student to access your financial statement. Go to 'My finance', 'Your finances' and then 'View financial statement'.
  2. For an indicative annual cost, you can search for your course on the website. On each course page you will see a section on the right-hand side called ‘Admission, fees and how to apply’. Enter your details (including indicating that you are an international student). Your indicative annual cost of your course in Australian dollars will then appear further down the page under ‘Your fee’.

What type of student are you?

Your fees will vary depending on what type of student you are (e.g. domestic or international, undergraduate or postgraduate) and the course you are studying.

Domestic

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident visa holder (including permanent humanitarian visa holder) or a New Zealand citizen.


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Domestic

 

Domestic undergraduate

Most domestic undergraduate students are offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in their degree, which means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay the remainder as a ‘student contribution’.

Undergraduate domestic students are also often eligible for the Australian Government’s Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) that enables you to defer your student contribution in the form of a government loan known as HECS-HELP, which you will repay through the tax system once you meet a certain salary threshold.


Domestic postgraduate coursework

While some domestic postgraduate courses offer Commonwealth supported places for domestic students, most are offered as full fee paying.

Postgraduate domestic students are also often eligible for one the Australian Government’s HELP programs  that enables you to defer your fees in the form of a government loan, known as FEE-HELP, which you will repay through the tax system once you meet a certain salary threshold.


Domestic research students

If you applied for a higher degree by research (HDR) course, you will have been offered a place under the Research Training Program (RTP). This means that the Australian Government funds your research via a tuition fee offset scholarship called RTP Fee Offset. As your fees will be covered by this offset, you will not be required to pay any tuition fees towards your research.

This can be up to a maximum of four years full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research and two years of full-time equivalent study for a master’s degree by research. RTP students may be enrolled full time or part time.


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International

 

As an international student, you are not eligible for Australian government assistance or HELP loans and are required to pay the full international fee for your course. If you receive sponsorship or a scholarship towards your fees, you are required to pay the remaining balance of your fees.

Your tuition fees do not include overseas student health cover, living costs (such as accommodation) or any additional costs for equipment and materials such as textbooks.


International postgraduate research students

As an international student, if you applied for a higher degree by research (HDR) course and was offered a place under the Research Training Program (RTP), the Australian Government will fund your research via a tuition fee offset scholarship called RTP Fee Offset. As your fees will be covered automatically by this offset, you will not be required to pay any tuition fees towards your HDR.

If you are not offered a place under the RTP, or any other scholarship or sponsorship, you are required to pay the full international fee for your course.

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Last updated: 13 September 2022

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