What will I pay?

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What will I pay?


It pays to invest in your future

To study at university you'll need to pay a 'student contribution' amount or tuition fees and a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Your tuition fees are determined by your citizenship status, program choice and study level. Undergraduate and some postgraduate programs are subsidised via Commonwealth Supported Places. (Refer to the 2017 schedule of fees).

Most Australian students and eligible New Zealand citizens are eligible for government assistance and can choose to defer their fees. If you are an International student or a permanent resident, you will need to pay your fees up-front in full by the due date. Check your offer and online invoice for details.

What HELP is available?

To help students manage the costs of tertiary study, the Government offers financial assistance to Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders residing in Australia and eligible New Zealand citizens. This includes subsidised places, and loans to defer payment of your fees until you're working and earning a decent income.


Top 5 course fees FAQs

  • Access loans through the Higher Education Loans Program (HELP) for undergraduate study (HECS-HELP) or postgraduate coursework (FEE-HELP).
  • To help you pay your Student Services and Amenities Fee apply for SA-HELP.
  • If you're considering studying overseas as part of your degree, OS-HELP can help you manage your travel and living expenses.
  • Other subsidised programs include Headstart and Integrated Learning Pathways— plus Enabling and TPP courses are fee exempt.
Other expenses

In addition to general living costs, you’ll need things like textbooks, a computer, memory stick and stationery. Also remember to budget for course-related equipment such as lab coats or uniforms, and regular expenses like printing costs, parking or public transport.

Some professional programs (eg education, health) may require memberships, certifications, licences and/or immunisations. Check your program for details.

Sample student budgets

Weighing up the costs and benefits of where to live while studying is important. Use these sample budgets and planning tools to help decide what works best for you.

Parents: For more resources to help you support your kids through the transition to uni, visit the USC Parent Lounge.

Saving and budgeting tips

Living on limited income while studying is a common issue for students. While you can prepare for regular expenses, it is the unexpected expenses which can create unnecessary stress.

Preparing a budget can help you plan your regular expenses and save for unexpected items, large bills or even a holiday.

  • Set your priorities
  • Increase your buying power through planning
  • Consider buying second-hand or other options
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