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Find out about the University fees and additional costs, as well as student loans and financial assistance.

Tuition fees

Non-tuition costs

Relevant for: all students

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is charged each semester to fund non-academic services and to support programs at the University.

The SSAF rates are determined by the Australian Government and set on an annual basis.

In 2020, the SSAF was A$154 for a full-time study load, and $115.50 for a part-time study load (semester study load of 0.374 equivalent full-time student load or less).

If you are a domestic student, you may be eligible to defer all or part of your SSAF through SA-HELP, a government loan scheme.

Find out more about the SSAF, including the payment schedule and how it's allocated.

Relevant for: international students

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is compulsory for international student visa holders who are studying in Australia. The cost of your cover will depend on your circumstances and the duration of your stay. 

You will be required to pay or give evidence of your overseas student health cover when you accept your offer.

Relevant for: international students

International students who apply to study onshore need to pay an application processing fee of A$125. The fee covers all applications made within one year (two semesters or four research periods).

You can pay the fee by Visa or MasterCard by completing the secure online credit card payment screen at the end of the online application form; please note credit card surcharges (pdf, 97KB) apply.

 If you can't pay via credit card, please contact your bank to obtain a bank draft. The draft must be made payable to ‘The University of Sydney’ and be in Australian dollars (A$125). Please write your full name, date of birth and online application reference (IPU) number on the back of the bank draft and send it to:

Manager, International Fees Team
Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02)
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia

Your application will be submitted once the original bank draft has been received and processed by the International Finance team. We cannot accept scanned cheques.


You do not have to pay this fee if you are:

  • A student who is currently enrolled in or completing a course at the University of Sydney. Answer ‘yes’ in the application form to the question ‘Are you currently enrolled at the University?’ and enter your student ID number.
  • A student with a full scholarship. Upload a copy of your financial guarantee letter in the scholarships section of the application form.
  • An applicant who has attended a recruitment event or roadshow and has a signed fee waiver form.

In each of these cases, once we've confirmed the information you've provided, we will waive the fee.

Relevant for: most students

Most courses and units of study have required or recommended course materials, such as books, readers, materials and equipment.

For some courses, there may also be other additional courses costs that are substantial. For more information visit, additional course costs.

Relevant for: all students

Don't forget to budget for the costs of living, which includes things like accommodation, food and lifestyle expenses. We've put together a rough guide to living costs in Sydney.

We accept a number of payment methods. Please note that credit card surcharges (pdf, 97KB) apply, and differ depending on the card used.


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