University is about more than just preparing for a career. It's about opening the door to incredible opportunities and helping you grow, at any age, regardless of your background or circumstances.
University can seem expensive, but we have plenty of ways to make it affordable and accessible. If you're eligible, you can receive an interest-free HELP loan, which means you don't have to pay upfront.
On this page, you can find out what you'll need to pay, when, and how. You can also learn about eligibility for scholarships and prizes for both international students and domestic students, and explore each of our individual scholarships and prizes.
Scholarships and prizes
The University of Tasmania's scholarships and prizes program includes state, national and international sponsored programs. We offer more than 400 scholarships across all areas of study. You can even apply for multiple scholarships in one easy application.
Pay for uni later with a HELP loan
Costs should never get in the way of university.
If you’re an eligible domestic student, you can take advantage of an interest-free loan from the Government, which means you can pay your tuition fees later. This is called a HELP loan. There are a few different options, but the most common are called HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP.
To apply for a HELP loan, you need to submit an application. You will receive instructions on how to do that after you accept your course offer. Find out more at When to pay your fees.
The Government pays your HELP loan fees directly to us, and you only need to start paying them back to the Government when you earn a certain amount. For more information, head to Australian Government StudyAssist.
What fees to pay
Each semester, you pay for whatever units you enrol in as part of your course. Available units and their fees are listed on your course page. Each course falls under two categories:
- Commonwealth supported place (CSP) courses; and
- full fee paying courses.
Pay less with a Commonwealth Supported Place
A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) means that the Government pays part of your fees. It's a subsidy, not a loan, so you don't have to pay it back. Your course page will tell you if it is a CSP course.
The remaining balance is called your 'student contribution amount'. You might be eligible to defer this with a HECS-HELP loan from the Government.
If your course doesn't offer CSPs, that means it's full fee paying. This means you'll need to pay the full amount, but you can still get a FEE-HELP loan if eligible.
2021 Commencing student contribution amounts
|Band||Principal subject matter (field of education classification)||$/EFTSL*|
|1||Teaching, postgraduate clinical psychology, english, maths, nursing, languages, agriculture||$3,950|
|2||Allied health, other health, architecture, IT, creative arts, engineering, environmental studies, science, **professional pathway psychology, **professional pathway social work||$7,950|
|3||Medicine, dental, veterinary science||$11,300|
|4||Law, accounting, economics, management, commerce, social studies, political science, justice, behavioural science (**except psychology and social work options above), communications||$14,500|
* EFTSL = Equivalent Full Time Study Load
** The University has the following psychology and social work courses approved for professional pathway rates. Check our Course and Unit Handbook, unit pages for specific fee information on the units you are interested in.
Check Australian Government Job-ready Graduates - FAQs for more information on 2021 tuition fees.
Domestic candidates do not pay tuition fees for research degrees at the University of Tasmania. International candidates pay a flat annual fee.
Each course page lists tuition fees for international students. Please note that international students are not eligible to access Commonwealth assistance.
Other fees you may need to pay
The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a compulsory fee that covers non-academic services. These services include employment and career advice, financial advice, childcare, food services and sporting and recreational activities.
You can get a SA-HELP loan to cover your SSAF, which means you don't have to pay upfront. SSAF is built into full fee paying courses for international students, and full fee paying courses for eligible domestic students. This means you wont have to pay your SSAF separately. Find out more at What is SSAF and do I have to pay it?
If you want to study some of your course overseas in a learning abroad program, a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses might be involved. OS-HELP is a loan for domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) that can help pay for some of these expenses. Find out more at What is OS-HELP?
Other course costs vary depending on what you study. Please check your course page or speak to your school or college to learn more. If you'd like to know more about these fees, and other living costs, go to Are there fees, besides tuition, that I need to pay?
When to pay your fees
Payments are due 14 days before the census date of each semester. Census dates are the last day you can withdraw from a unit without financial penalty. It's also the date you'll need to apply for a HELP loan by, or accept an offer in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). Census dates are important to your enrolment, so make sure you check the census date each semester.
Usually, you pay per semester for the units you undertake. To avoid being sanctioned, it's important that you pay your fees on time. Sanctions include not being able to view your results, or possibly graduating.
Some courses offer fee waivers, which means you may not have to pay anything. If you're awarded a scholarship, this will be paid directly to you at different intervals, such as at the start of semester. Learn more about scholarships for domestic students and international students.
In some circumstances, international students can apply for a payment plan for their tuition fees. However, commencing students are not able to accept an offer with a payment plan. To learn about eligibility criteria, please refer to Student forms.
How to pay your fees
Once you've been offered a place, you'll have access to the Student Portal. This is where you'll find everything about enrolment and fees. You'll find nearly everything fees-related, including information on applying for Commonwealth Assistance, creating invoices, making payments and checking sanctions.
Find out more about payment methods at How do I pay my fees?
To avoid having your enrolment cancelled:
- Make sure you submit all the required documentation to pay your fees by the due date.
- If you're a CSP student, you must submit a Commonwealth Assistance Form (CAF or eCAF) or provide a Tax File Number.
The University has an arrangement with a number of organisations, including the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education. As part of this arrangement, we provide ongoing support and learning opportunities by offering fee waivers in a range of courses. Fee waivers are also available for university staff and alumni.