There are a number of costs associated with attending University. A summary of these costs for domestic students commencing study in 2013 is provided below (all costs are approximate):
- Text books and stationery: we recommend allowing up to $1000
- Accommodation: for those students moving away from home, we recommend allowing $6000 - $13,000
- Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS-HELP): $5868 - $9792 (as noted in the table below)
- Student Services and Amenities Fee
HECS fees are charged at different rates depending on your selection of subjects. For more information, ring the Australian Taxation Office HECS enquiries number 132 861 or visit the studyassist.gov.au website. As a guide, the four different levels of HECS (for domestic students) are indicated below:
|Band 1||Band 2||Band 3|
|$5868 per full-time year (100% load)||$8363 per full-time year (100% load)||$9792 per full-time year (100% load)|
*The student contribution amounts for mathematics, statistics and science are subject to passage of the Higher Education Support Amendment (Student Contribution Amounts and Other Measure Bill 2012).
- For pre-2010 students, the maximum annual student contribution amount that may be charged for Education and Nursing units is $4696.
- From 1 January 2010, the maximum annual student contribution amount for commencing Commonwealth supported students undertaking Education and Nursing units of study has been increased from the 'national priority' rate to the Band 1 rate.
- The increased maximum annual student contribution amounts affect only students who commence their course of study at a higher education provider on or after 1 January 2010.
- If you are a mathematics, science, education, nursing or midwifery graduate you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP Benefit.
Source: Australian Government Study Assist website
For detailed information about Band classifications, visit studyassist.gov.au HECS-HELP Benefit
The Commonwealth HECS-HELP benefit aims to encourage graduates of mathematics, science, education or nursing courses of study to take up employment in related occupations – eligible graduates have the ability to reduce their HELP repayments and/or debt by applying for a HECS-HELP benefit.
UTAS offers a comprehensive scholarships program for commencing and current students. For more information and applications, visit the Scholarships website.
Youth Allowance (for people aged between 16 and 24 years), Austudy (for people 25 years or more) and Abstudy are Australian Government schemes that provide financial assistance to eligible students. Information booklets and application formsfor these schemes are available from:
- Youth Allowance on 132490
- Austudy on 132490
- Abstudy on 132317
- or visit the Australian Government Department of Human Services website