Higher Degree by Research Student Fee Calculation Information - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Higher Degree by Research Student Fee Calculation Information

USC uses the research consumption enrolment model for higher degree by research (HDR) student enrolments and subsequent fees.

This ensures that research student unit load and fees fluctuate (decrease and increase) in accordance with the time a research student is actively working towards their HDR.

How are fees calculated?

USC counts the number of days a research student is actively working on their HDR per research term. A unit enrolment value will be recorded and reported according to the number of days a student is active in a given term, and fees will be charged accordingly.
To calculate the tuition fee cost for a single unit of enrolment, divide the maximum fee by the maximum possible number of units per term for the term (i.e. 48).

Student Type

Program fee

By term*

Calculation Unit Value
Domestic  $11,000 $11,000 / 48 $229.16
International $14,500 $14,500 / 48 $302.08
How are 'active days' counted?

Active days are counted one calendar day at a time for students enrolled full-time, or half a calendar day at a time for part-time students.
A student is considered 'active' for counting enrolment units unless they:

  • Have not yet commenced their higher degree by research
  • Are on an approved leave of absence
  • Are under thesis examination (or are waiting to graduate)
What is a term?

A 'term' is a period in which USC count and report a student’s activity in their HDR program.

Every research student is enrolled in two research terms (or semesters) per year: 1 and 2.

 There are two terms in semester 1 (A and B) and two terms in semester 2 (A and B).

Term name

Start date

End date

Number of Days

1A 

01/01/2020

30/06/2020

182

1B

01/04/2020

30/09/2020

182

2A 

01/07/2020

31/12/2020

183

2B 

01/10/2019

31/03/2020

182*

 

A student’s research term grouping (A or B) is determined by the date on which they commenced their research degree.

Terms of enrolment

Commencement date ranges (in any year)

1A and 2A

1 January to 31 March; and

1 July to 30 September

1B and 2B

1 April to 30 June; and

1 October to 31 December

How is the Higher Degree by Research enrolled unit value calculated?

The total active days in a term is divided by the total number of days available in the term, multiplied by the maximum possible units (i.e. 48.00).

For example, John was active for 121 days in a term that is 183 days long.

(121/183)*48 = 31.73

John’s unit value is 31.73.

What changes a student’s fees?

Fees will decrease when students:

  • take an approved leave of absence; or
  • change study load from full to part-time
  • submit their thesis (or otherwise discontinue their program)

Fees will increase when students:

  • change study load from part to full-time
  • return from leave of absence earlier than planned
  • commence the period of revisions to their thesis

Where a change occurs after a term census date, a new invoice will be available after the term has concluded. If a credit is owed, this will be applied to the next term’s fees.

Tuition fee scholarship recipients

Tuition fee offset scholarships will continue to absorb the recipient’s tuition fees (including any adjustments)  until the scholarship expiry date. If a student is still working towards completing their higher degree by research after the tuition fee scholarship expires (including during the period of revisions to their thesis), the student will be liable for their tuition fees. Refer to the “What changes a student's fees?” section for reasons that fees may decrease or increase within a term of enrolment. Any credit remaining at the completion or discontinuation of the program is refunded to the scholarship (it is not available to the tuition fee scholarship recipient as cash withdrawal).

Tuition fee paying students

Students without a tuition fee scholarship (including those whose previous tuition fee scholarship has expired)  will be liable for their tuition fees. See the “What changes a student's fees?” section for reasons that fees may decrease or increase within a term of enrolment. Any credit remaining at the completion or discontinuation of the program is available to the student as cash withdrawal.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

Research students will continue to be liable the Student Services and Amenities (SSAF), including any adjustments. Refer to the “What changes a student's fees?” section for reasons that fees may decrease or increase within a term of enrolment. Any credit remaining at the completion or discontinuation of the program is available to the student as cash withdrawal.

More information: Contact Student Finance