2020 schedule of fees - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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2020 schedule of fees

The following fees apply to all students.

The following fees apply to Australian citizens, Permanent Residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of an Australian Permanent Humanitarian visa studying in 2020.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

In 2020 the maximum Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) that can be charged to a student will be A$308. This amount is indexed annually.

Breakdown of 2020 SSAF Charge calculation

(based on 12 unit value courses)
Unit Value

Initial SSAF Charged*

Increment with subsequent enrolment *

1 course (6 unit only) 0.1 - 6 units A$154.00  
1 to 2 courses 12 - 30 units A$200.20 A$46.20
3 or 5 courses  36 - 66 units A$231.00 A$30.80
6 courses 72 - 78 units A$261.80 A$30.80
7 courses and above 84 units and above A$308.00 A$46.20
* Example of how SSAF is charged - if you are enrolled in 2 x 12 unit courses your initial SSAF charge will be A$200.20 and when you enrol in an additional 12 unit course you will be charged the increment of A$30.80, taking your SSAF charge for those 3 courses up to A$231.00 in total. If you were then to enrol in a fourth course there would be no additional SSAF charge. You will incur an incremental charge when your total course enrolment is in the next unit value range, up to the maximum yearly SSAF limit of A$308.

For more information, please visit the Student Services and Amenities Fee web page.

Commonwealth supported student fees

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Eligible Commonwealth supported students (Australian Citizens, Permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand Citizens who hold a Special Category Visa and meet the eligibility requirements) are able to borrow money through the Commonwealth Government loan scheme known as HECS-HELP. Permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand citizens ineligible for HECS-HELP must pay fees by the fee due date printed on your student invoice. Fee due dates are also available on academic calendars.

Student contributions are charged by the courses in which you enrol. Course charges will vary depending on the Student Contribution Band the course relates to. Student contribution bands are shown in course details available from undergraduate programs under the Plan your study tab. Make a note of the individual course code/s you are interested and refer to the following (PDF) list of Commonwealth supported student contributions by course (PDF 127KB)

The following table estimates the cost of an Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL). One EFTSL is equivalent to one year full time study and this table assumes all courses studied fall within the same Student contribution fee band. The amounts per course represent a typical 12 unit course (units are shown in course details attached to individual program web pages on the Study Plan tab).


Student Contribution Band 2020 per EFTSL † 2020 per course *
Band 1 Humanities, Behavioural Science, Social Studies, Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts A$6,684 A$835
Band 1 A Education and Nursing** A$6,684 A$835
Band 2 Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Health, Science, Engineering, Surveying, Agriculture A$9,527 A$1,190
Band 3 Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Medicine A$11,155 A$1,394

† EFTSL represents the Equivalent Full-time Student Load or one full-time year.

* Represents the student contribution per course based on a 12 unit course. Unit weighting for courses is shown in study plans on individual program pages.

** Students who commenced but did not complete their program as a Commonwealth supported student prior to 2010 may apply for transitional arrangements. If eligible for transitional arrangements students will be charged A$668 (12 unit course fee) for any Band 1A courses in which they enrol

Fee paying student fees

Domestic students who are unable to obtain a Commonwealth supported place will be charged full fees. Visiting students enrolled in individual course/s for either professional or personal development are also full fee paying students. Visiting students are classified as non-award students who will not complete a program with USC and are not eligible for any HELP loans.

Refer to the Study Plan information under individual programs and make a note of the course code/s you are interested in. Review the course fee in the following list of Full Fee Paying tuition fees by course (PDF 152KB). ^ 

Honours fees

The student contribution band for honours is determined by the area of research undertaken.

Honours students are Commonwealth supported students. For more information on Commonwealth support refer to Commonwealth supported places.

Honours fees are available in the following list of Honours fees by course (PDF 106KB)  ^

Tertiary Preparation Pathway fees

Students studying Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) courses do not pay a student contribution. TPP students are offered Commonwealth supported places however these courses are fee exempt.

International TPP students should refer to International Student Fees for tuition information.

Headstart fees

The University subsidises the tuition fees for domestic students† studying in USC's Headstart program. Commencing Headstart students will not be charged a course contribution fee for the first course they complete. Students continuing onto subsequent courses are required to make an up front payment by the fee due date.

Category Commencing Student Fee Continuing Student Fee
Headstart A$0 per course A$400 per course

HECS-HELP loans are not available for Headstart fees.

International Headstart students please contact Student Central for the tuition information.

† Domestic students include Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Australia and New Zealand Citizens.

Postgraduate coursework fees

All postgraduate coursework programs are subject to tuition fees unless the postgraduate program is offered under Commonwealth support arrangements. Individual postgraduate coursework program pages provide advice where the program is Commonwealth supported.

Eligible students (Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand Citizens who hold a Special Category Visa and meet the eligibility requirements) may seek assistance to defer payment via a FEE-HELP loan.

Postgraduate coursework fees are charged according to the Field of Education and unit weighting assigned to each course as per the table below.

Cluster Field of Education Fee per 12 unit course
1-3 Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics and Commerce A$2,949
1A Executive Master Business Administration (EMBA) A$3,696 *A$1,848
2-1 Humanities A$2,088
3-1, 3-2 Mathematics, Statistics, Behavioural Science, Social Studies, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health A$2,376
4-1A Education A$2,163
5-1, 5-2 Clinical Psychology, Allied Health, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts A$2,433
6-1A Nursing A$2,316
7-2 Science, and Surveying A$2,316
7A Engineering A$3,273
8-2, 8-3 Dentistry, Medicine, Vet Science and Agriculture A$2,316

* 6 unit course fee

To determine an individual course fee:

  1. Go to the postgraduate degree you are interested in
  2. Select the Study Plan tab
  3. Identify the course codes (course codes start with three characters followed by three numerics eg: ACC510)
  4. Refer to the list of Postgraduate fees by course (PDF 77KB) ^ and note the 2020 tuition fee relevant to that course

Note: Postgraduate coursework tuition fees are reviewed yearly.

International students should refer to International student fees for tuition information.

Higher Degree by Research fees
Fee paying HDR student fees
Program 96 units#  48 units*  24 units^ 1 unit
All HDR programs A$22,000 A$11,000 A$5,500 A$229.16

# Typical full-time student load for two terms (2 X 6 months or one calendar year).

*Typical full-time student load for one term (six months), and typical part-time student load for two terms (2 X 6 months or one calendar year).

^Typical part-time student load for one term (six months).

You may be eligible for FEE-HELP to obtain a loan for paying your higher degree by research program fees.

For more information refer to Higher Degree by Research student fee calculation information.

Cross Institutional fees

Undergraduate cross institutional students are referred to Commonwealth supported places information.

Postgraduate cross institutional students are referred to Fee paying student fees information.

  1. All fees are listed in Australian Dollars (A$).
  2. Tuition and other fees for international students can be found at USC International fees and costs.
  3. Refer also to the Student Fees and Charges Policy and Student Fees, Charges and Refunds Procedures.
  4. Visit the Explanation of terms page (our A-Z list) to decipher university phrases, terminology and definitions.

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