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What does it cost to go to uni?

The cost of going to university is something that we often hear discussed. Student loans, escalating fees, students living on baked beans and two minute noodles, no doubt you’ve heard these mentioned more than once of late. But rarely is an actual amount mentioned.

There are many costs to consider when going to Uni – tuition fees, study-related costs such as textbooks and equipment, and living costs like renting and bills all come into the mix when weighing up your decision.

So how can you find out how much it will cost to go to university? Here are some of the major costs to consider:

1. Tuition fees

Tuition fees are what you pay for each course (subjects are called courses at uni) and are determined by your citizenship status, choice of study area and level of study such as undergraduate (which includes Bachelor’s degrees) or postgraduate (such as a Master’s degree).

If you’re studying an undergraduate program and you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or hold a humanitarian visa you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place which means that your fees are reduced. Enabling programs like the Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) are free.

The table below provides a general guide for the costs for one year of full time study in 2016 and shows how this changes depending on what type of courses you study. If you were to study teaching, for example, and you enrolled in four teaching subjects in the first semester and four teaching subjects in the second semester for 2016, your fees for the year would be $6,256. If you changed one of your subjects to a science subject and another to a mathematics subject your fees would be:

(6x$782) + (2x$1,114) = $6,920

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