Scholarships, fees and costs

Costs should never be a barrier to university. Learn how to get the financial support you need.

University is about more than just preparing for a career. It's about access to incredible opportunities and helping you grow – no matter what your age, background, or circumstances.

Whether you’re studying an undergraduate and postgraduate course, we have plenty of ways to make pursuing your dream affordable and accessible.

On this page, you can find out what financial assistance is available to you, to let you to make the most of your time studying.

Scholarships and prizes Fees and costs


We have hundreds of scholarships across all areas of study. They can provide you with financial support, help moving from home, or recognition for your achievements.

Scholarships for 2023 are now open, closing dates vary.


While studying a course with us, you may be eligible for one of our prizes that we award annually to recognise outstanding academic achievement. Our program includes more than 300 prizes, with over $160,000 awarded annually.

Browse the prizes on offer to check eligibility and requirements for individual prizes.

Explore our prizes

What fees to pay

Tuition fees

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?

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

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:

Fee waivers

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.

Find out more about fee waivers and available opportunities