Information and Eligibility for Dementia Care HECS Scholarships & Fees
The cost of university education is usually shared between the Australian Government and the student, with the student contributing a proportion of the cost. The student contribution, or tuition fee, is commonly known as HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme).
The Faculty of Health is pleased to advise that HECS Scholarships are available for existing students who have commenced the Dementia Care Program prior to 31 December 2017. These scholarships cover the full student contribution amount that the student would normally be required to pay for each unit.
The Dementia Care Program includes the Diploma of Dementia Care, Associate Degree in Dementia Care and Bachelor of Dementia Care. All students initially enrol in the Bachelor, and then may elect to exit and graduate with a Diploma or Associate Degree, or continue on to graduate with the Bachelor degree.
Existing Dementia Care students who meet the below criteria, will remain eligible for a full HECS Scholarship until they graduate at the nearest exit or graduation point. For example, students commencing in 2017 will be eligible for a scholarship to cover units leading to the Diploma exit award. Students are welcome and encouraged to continue studying past their initial exit; however will no longer be eligible for the full HECS Scholarship.
This is a limited offer, and each year a limited pool of HECS Scholarships will be available. To be eligible students must:
- Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (ie eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)).
- Enrol in the Dementia Care Program and commence at least one unit by 31 December 2017, or prior.
- Enrol in a minimum of one unit per calendar year (extenuating circumstances may be considered by the Faculty of Health outside condition 4 on a case-by-case basis).
- Pay the relevant Student Services and Amenities Fee (for 2017 this is approximately $44.10 per unit, with an annual cap of $294. This fee is set on a yearly basis, and may vary).
- Not be excluded from the course based on academic progress or misconduct.
Eligible students will be granted a full HECS Scholarship until the time they graduate at their next available graduation point – ie a Dementia Care award (ie Diploma of Dementia Care [8 units], Associate Degree in Dementia Care [16 units] or Bachelor of Dementia Care [24 units].
The HECS Scholarship will apply to all units studied in the Dementia Care Program on condition of the above.
The HECS Scholarship will be automatically applied after the student enrols in their first unit/s in the Dementia Care Program, and will appear on the invoice prior to the census date.
For further information on Commonwealth Supported Places, Student Contributions and HECS-HELP please consult the StudyAssist website.
New Zealand Students (residing in Australia)
Please note that New Zealand citizens residing in Australia are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) however they are unable to defer any tuition fees under the Australian HECS-HELP scheme.
New Zealand Students (residing in New Zealand)
If you are successful in your application to study the Dementia Care Program you will be considered a Domestic student, however, you will be allocated a full fee paying domestic place. Current legislation does not allow for New Zealand students studying in New Zealand to be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP).
Fees for International Students
The fee structure for International Students enrolling in the Dementia Care Program is subsidised compared with traditional courses. International Students studying in the Dementia Care Program in 2017 will be offered a 50% discount on tuition fees. The full cost per unit is currently approximately AU$1950*, meaning that your cost will be reduced to around AU$975 per unit. You will be required to pay for one unit upfront before you can actually enrol in any units in the Dementia Care Program. You will be invoiced for any remaining units that you choose to enrol in at a later date.
Student contribution or tuition fees will be invoiced to you automatically via eStudent once you have enrolled in the units you wish to study.
To view your invoice, login to your eStudent, and click on the Email My Tax Invoice button under the Finance tab.
Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
The Fees Unit coordinate the invoicing and collection of this fee only. We can answer all your questions in regards to your SSAF invoice and the payment of this fee.
Please note: SSAF is currently incorporated into the annual rate for International students. A separate SSAF charge does not apply to International students in 2017.
Other Fees & Charges
Please see Other Fees and Charges on the Current Students website.
*Please note that this fee is indexed annually