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University study is an investment, but cost need not be an obstacle. Explore fees alongside the government loans and assistance, scholarships and student loans available to you.

Tuition 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 2021.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

In 2021 the maximum Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) that can be charged to a student will be A$313. This amount is indexed annually.

Breakdown of 2021 SSAF Charge calculation

Courses
(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$156.50  
1 to 2 courses 12 - 30 units A$203.45 A$46.95
3 or 5 courses  36 - 66 units A$234.75 A$31.30
6 courses 72 - 78 units A$266.05 A$31.30
7 courses and above 84 units and above A$313.00 A$46.95
* Example of how SSAF is charged - if you are enrolled in 2 x 12 unit courses your initial SSAF charge will be A$203.45 and when you enrol in an additional 12 unit course you will be charged the increment of A$31.30, taking your SSAF charge for those 3 courses up to A$234.75 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$313.
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 for your individual course costs for 2021.

Changes to student contribution amounts from 01 January 2021

The Government has recently passed legislation that may change the amount you pay for your student contribution amount in your Commonwealth supported place (CSP) from 01 January 2021. If you are continuing student (pre-2021 student*) studying units is disciplines with increased student contribution amounts, you will continue paying the same amount (subject to indexation) for those units as you would have, had the reforms not been implemented.

The legislation also:

  • Re-introduces a 10% discount for HECS-HELP eligible students if you pay your student contribution amount upfront before the Census date from 2021.

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).

2021 student contribution amounts for commencing students

Student Contribution Band 2021 per EFTSL † 2021 per course *
Band 1    Agriculture, English, Mathematics, Education, Clinical Psychology, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Nursing, Statistics   A$3,950 A$493
Band 2    Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment or Computing, Engineering, Surveying, Science, Environmental Studies, Pathology  A$7,950 A$993
Band 2A  Visual and Performing Arts           A$7,950           A$993
Band 3    Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science A$11,300 A$1,412
Band 4    Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce         A$14,500         A$1,812
Band 4A  Communications, Society and Culture (Human Services, Welfare, Counselling, Psychology - not Clinical or Professional) A$14,500 A$1,812

2021 student contribution amounts for pre-2021 continuing students 

Student Contribution Band 2021 per EFTSL † 2021 per course *
Band 1    Agriculture, English, Mathematics, Education, Clinical Psychology, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Nursing, Statistics   A$3,950 A$493
Band 2    Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment or Computing, Engineering, Surveying, Science, Environmental Studies, Pathology  A$7,950 A$993
Band 2A  Visual and Performing Arts           A$6,804           A$850
Band 3    Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science A$11,300 A$1,412
Band 4    Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce        A$11,355         A$1,419
Band 4A  Communications, Society and Culture (Human Services, Welfare, Counselling, Psychology - not Clinical) A$6,804 A$850

† 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.

** Professional Pathway include the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Social Work (AR362)
  • Bachelor of Social Work/Bachelor of Criminology and Justice (AR363)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (AR405)
  • Master of Social Work (Qualifying) (AR707)

*You may be eligible to be considered a 'pre-2021 student' if:

  • you commenced a program of study with USC with a Census date prior to 01 January 2021 and did not complete the program by 31 December 2020 and continue to study the same program in 2021
  • you completed a program of study on or before 31 December 2020 and, on or after 01 January 2021, you commence a program that relates to the earlier program and leads to an award that is an Honours Degree (not Embedded Honours)
  • you were undertaking in 2020 an Enabling program and, on or after 01 January 2021, you commence another program of study that is leading to an award
  • you were undertaking in 2020, a program of study leading to an Undergraduate Certificate and, on or after 01 January 2021, you commence another program of study that relates to the Undergraduate Course and that is leading to an award that is a Bachelor Degree

*You may not be eligible to considered a 'pre-2021 student' if:

  • you commenced a program of study with another provider with a Census date prior to 01 January 2021 and did not complete the program by 31 December 2020 and transferred to study the same or different program at USC in 2021
  • you commenced a program of study with a Census date prior to 01 January 2021 and, on or after 01 January 2021, you change to a program of study in a different Undergraduate or Postgraduate program

For further information, please refer to the Study Assist webpage.

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.

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 list of Honours fees by course.

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 Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics and Commerce A$2,976
1A Executive Master Business Administration (EMBA) A$3,732 *A$1,866
1B Humanities A$2,106
2A Mathematics, Statistics, Behavioural Science, Social Studies, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health A$2,400
2B Education A$2,184
2C Clinical Psychology, Allied Health, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts A$2,457
3 Nursing, Science and Surveying A$2,337
3A Engineering A$3,306
4 Dentistry, Medicine, Vet Science and Agriculture A$2,337

* 6 unit course fee

Note: Postgraduate coursework tuition fees are reviewed yearly. Please refer to the list of Postgraduate fees for your individual course fee.

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.

Notes
  1. All fees are listed in Australian Dollars (A$).
  2. Tuition and other fees for international students can be found at international student Tuition fees and other 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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