The University subsidises the tuition fees for domestic* Headstart students. From 1 January 2016, commencing Headstart students will not be charged a course contribution fee for the first course they complete. If they choose to complete a second course the course contribution fee will be $400.
Non-domestic students** pay full fees, which vary according to the discipline area of the course (refer to the 2016 Schedule of fees).
You should allow for additional costs of textbooks, photocopying, printing, travel and any other study-related costs. Joining the on-campus Co-op Bookshop brings a discount on textbooks and stationery.
*Domestic students include Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents and Permanent Humanitarian visa holders. **Students on International Student Visas are not eligible for Headstart.
A number of scholarships are available to domestic Headstart students^ which cover the $400 course contribution fee that applies to the second Headstart course (the first Headstart course has no course contribution fee).
Headstart scholarships assist students from low-income families, or students who identify with other recognised equity groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, or students with a disability.
To apply for a scholarship, complete the ‘Headstart Scholarship’ section on the Headstart application form (refer to How to apply), and ensure you provide all the supporting documentation.
^Non-domestic students are not eligible for Headstart scholarships.
Paying your tuition fees
Once you are enrolled, you can access and print your online invoice for tuition fees via USC Central. Your invoice will detail the fee owing, the due date and your payment options. You will need to generate this invoice online — it will not be posted to you.
The due date for payment is the end of the third week of classes:
- Semester 1—Friday, 25 March 2016
- Semester 2—Friday, 12 August 2016