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Both Australian and international students pay tuition fees for their online study. How much your fees are depend on several factors, like:
- citizenship status
- residency status
- study load
- level of study, such as undergraduate, postgraduate or non-award
You’ll be able to pay your fees in a way that suits you—such as a student loan or credit card payment.
To make things simpler, with us you pay for your studies on a subject-by-subject basis.
Your subject fees depend on the subject you’re studying, and your citizenship or residency status. Look at the pricing information on each subject page to understand your subject fees.
Your fees may vary depending on your enrolment—for example, whether you’re a domestic student using FEE-HELP, a Commonwealth supported place student using HECS-HELP or an international student.
Domestic student fees
We consider you a domestic student if you’re an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or if you hold any category of permanent Australian visa.
Paying for subjects using HECS-HELP
If you’re a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student, the Australian Government pays part of your fees:
- The amount the government pays is called the ‘Commonwealth contribution amount’.
- The remaining amount is paid by students and it’s called the ‘Student contribution amount’. It's a deferred payment using HECS-HELP.
How the student contribution is calculated
Your contribution varies depending on your subject’s field of study. The Australian Government groups fields of study into funding clusters. For each funding cluster, they list the amount they’ll pay, and the amount you’ll pay. You can check the full list at the Department of Education Funding Clusters and Indexed Rates page.
For example, this table shows funding clusters, maximum student contribution amounts, and Commonwealth contribution amounts for popular subjects in 2024.
2024 maximum student contribution amounts - summary table
|Government funding cluster
|Maximum student contribution^
|Funding cluster 1 - includes law, accounting, business, media, tourism, justice, policy, sports. sociology and economics
|Funding cluster 2 - includes education, literature, maths, and statistics
|Funding cluster 2 - includes allied health, architecture, IT, visual arts, and human services
|Funding cluster 3 - includes nursing and languages
|Funding cluster 3 - includes engineering, environmental studies, and science
|Funding cluster 4 - includes agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
|Funding cluster 4 - includes medical studies
^These amounts are only indicative costs per subject for new CSP students. The amounts may vary depending on the university you choose. The amounts don’t include services and amenities fees, incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies), or the cost of your textbooks.
International student fees
You’re classed as an international student if you’re not a permanent resident of Australia, and you’re a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand. Even if you've got temporary residency in Australia, you're still considered an international student.
Generally, fees for international students are slightly higher than domestic students, but the amounts can vary depending on the university teaching your subject.
Sometimes admin fees might apply to your enrolment—your subject fees don’t cover these additional costs.
Student services and amenities fee
Unis can charge a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for things like recreation, clubs, wellbeing and career support.
If you’re studying an undergraduate degree online as a Commonwealth supported place student with any of the universities listed below, you’ll need to pay a SSAF. To make things simpler, your uni will invoice you directly and you can arrange payment with them.
|Student Services and Amenities Fee
|Visit SSAF at Curtin for details.
|Visit SSAF at Griffith for details.
|Visit SSAF at La Trobe for details.
|Visit SSAF at Murdoch for details.
|Visit SSAF at RMIT for details.
|Visit SSAF at Swinburne for details.
|Visit SSAF at UniSA for details.
|Visit SSAF at UTAS for details.
You’ll be able to get a loan through the Australian Government’s SA-HELP to help you pay the SSAF if you're eligible for HECS-HELP. To learn more, take a look at StudyAssist or contact your uni for details of their policy regarding SA-HELP.
If you’re not eligible for HECS-HELP, you’ll need to pay the full SSAF.
- Contact a student advisor.
- If you’re studying at Curtin, head to Paying your fees.
- If you’re studying at Swinburne, head to Swinburne SA-HELP loan.
Fees for withdrawing from your subjects
If you withdraw from your subjects you may have to pay financial penalties—it all depends on the date you put through your request:
- On or before the close of enrolment—there are no financial penalties and you’re eligible for a refund or your subject fees.
- After the close of enrolment, or, on or before the census date—you may have to pay a $50 financial penalty per subject, but you may be eligible for a refund of your subject fees.
- After the census date—you’ll have to pay your subject fees and you may have to pay a $50 financial penalty per subject, unless you can demonstrate Special Circumstances.
You can pay for your subjects when you’re enrolling online. Options include paying by credit card, or choosing from the government funding options available.
Eligible students studying through OUA can apply for HELP loans, which allow you to defer paying your tuition fees until your income reaches the minimum threshold. Then you simply repay your loan as you pay your taxes.
There are currently two types of HELP loan available:
- FEE-HELP is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students. You apply for a loan on a subject-by-subject basis. Simply select your subjects and choose Enrol in your selected single subjects, when asked, and then follow the steps. For postgraduate students, just select your degree and subjects and follow the online steps.
- HECS-HELP is a loan scheme for eligible Commonwealth supported place students, and is available when you successfully apply online for a place in your degree. When you have selected your degree and the subjects you want to start with, choose Apply for entry into the degree and follow the steps. Your application is reviewed and sent to the university. If you are offered a place in the degree, you will be sent an email, asking you to log back into the Student Hub to accept the offer and finalise your loan.
Have a question about your HELP loan or repayments? Visit StudyAssist for more information.
If you’re a postgraduate student or you’re studying single subjects, you don’t have to take out a loan—you can pay your fees straight away by credit card. We accept Visa and MasterCard. Just sign in to your Student Hub to make secure online credit card payments, or contact a student advisor. For Commonwealth supported place students, you’ll need to go through HECS-HELP and then, if you want to pay upfront, you can do this through your uni.
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