HECS and Domestic Fees


Information contained on this page applies to domestic students only (i.e. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and all Australian permanent resident visa holders). Information for international students can be found here.

Commencing undergraduate domestic students at the University of Sydney are offered Commonwealth supported places (CSPs). A CSP is subsidised by the Commonwealth Government. Some students are required to pay their student contribution upfront while others can choose to pay upfront with a 10% HECS-HELP discount or take out a HECS-HELP loan.

Domestic postgraduate coursework students who enrol at the University of Sydney are either Commonwealth supported or domestic fee paying and are required to pay fees upfront, or if eligible, take out a HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP loan.

Currently, domestic students undertaking a higher degree by research are exempt from tuition fees under the Research Training Scheme (RTS), subject to time limits.

Most students attending the University are also liable for the Student Services and Amenities fee and are required to either pay the fee up-front or, if eligible, take out a SA-HELP loan.

Eligibility criteria apply to HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, and SA-HELP programs. For information about higher education in Australia visit the Department of Education Study Assist website.


What's new in 2015?

Legislative Changes

In 2014, the Commonwealth Government proposed changes to higher education. While some bills were not passed, other bills have been proposed which may affect commencing and continuing students. Some changes to student payments have also been proposed. Further details will be made available on Study Assist as they become available.

University specific changes: Sydney Student

From Semester two 2014, students have been able to complete Commonwealth assistance forms and manage the financial details of their enrolment through the Sydney Student portal. Student Financial Statements are also available through the portal. Hard copy Student Financial Statements are no longer posted and students are responsible for checking their Student Financial Statement each semester through their portal.


2015 payment due dates for semester fees

Payment due dates for fees will now be based on census dates. It is important to ensure that you pay the full amount due as per your Student Financial statement by the payment due date/s. Failure to the full amount may result in enrolment sanctions including the possible cancellation of your enrolment.

Below are the payment due dates for 2015 sessions:

Semester Session ID Name Census date Due date – domestic students Due date – international students
February Semester S1NSEA Summer Early 5 Jan Three days after enrolment
S1CIJA Intensive January 16 Jan 4 Jan 17 Dec 2014
S1NSMA Summer Main 19 Jan Three days after enrolment
S1NSLA Summer Late 22 Jan Three days after enrolment
S1CRR1 Research Period 1 31 Jan  19 Jan  1 Jan
S1CIFE Intensive February 13 Feb  1 Feb  14 Jan
S1CIMR Intensive March 13 Mar  1 Mar  11 Feb
S1CG Session 1 Early 18 Mar 6 Mar  16 Feb
S1C Semester 1 31 Mar 19 Mar  1 Mar
S1CRA  Semester 1A 31 Mar 19 Mar 1 Mar
S1CRR2 Research Period 2 31 Mar 19 Mar 1 Mar
S1CIAP Intensive April 10 Apr 29 Mar 11 Mar
S1CRB Semester 1B 10 May 28 Apr 10 April
S1CIMY Intensive May 15 May 3 May 15 Apr
S1CIJN Intensive June 12 Jun 31 May 13 May
SSAFS1 SSAF incurral date Semester 1 29 Jun Latest census date for semester
July Semester  S2NWMA  Winter Main 6 Jul Three days after enrolment
 S2CIJL  Intensive July 10 Jul  28 Jun  10 Jun
 S2CRW1  Winter Law 10 Jul  28 Jun  10 Jun
 S2CG  Session 2 early 5 Aug  24 Jul  6 Jul
 S2CIAU Intensive August 14 Aug  2 Aug  15 Jul
 S2C  Semester 2 31 Aug  19 Aug  1 Aug
 S2CRA  Semester 2A 31 Aug  19 Aug  1 Aug
 S2CRR3 Research Period 3 31 Aug  19 Aug  1 Aug
 S2CISE Intensive September  11 Sep  30 Aug  12 Aug
 S2CRB  Semester 2B  27 Sep  15 Sep  28 Aug
 S2CIOC Intensive October  9 Oct  27 Sep  9 Sep
 S2CRR4 Research Period 4  31 Oct  19 Oct  1 Oct
 S2CINO Intensive November  13 Nov  1 Nov  14 Oct
 S2CRS3  Summer Law 3  30 Nov  18 Nov  31 Oct
S2CIDE Intensive December  9 Dec  27 Nov  9 Nov
SSAFS2 SSAF incurral date Semester 2  12 Dec 30 Nov 12 Nov

Am I eligible for HELP (Higher Education Loan Program)?

If you are a domestic student enrolling in an award course at the University of Sydney, you may be able to defer your fees to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). If you are a domestic student enrolling in a non-award unit of study, you are not able to defer your fees and must pay the full amount of your fees upfront to the University.

Please note: Australian citizens and permanent resident visa holders undertaking a bridging course as an overseas trained professional, may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance. Click here here for more details.

Commonwealth supported places & HECS-HELP

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP), you must be either:

  • an Australian citizen who will undertake at least one unit of study contributing to your course of study in Australia, OR
  • a permanent visa holder or a New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your units of study

Students enrolling in a CSP are liable for their student contribution.


To be eligible for HECS-HELP to defer your student contribution to the ATO, you must be either be:

  • an Australian citizen OR
  • a permanent humanitarian visa holder

If you are not eligible for HECS-HELP, (i.e. you are a New Zealand citizen or a permanent non-humanitarian visa holder), you must pay your student contribution upfront without a discount.

FEE-HELP

If you are enrolling in a domestic fee-paying place, you may be eligible to use FEE-HELP to defer your fees to the ATO. To be eligible for FEE-HELP, you must be either be:

  • an Australian citizen who will undertake, at least one unit of study contributing to your course of study in Australia, OR
  • a permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your units of study, OR
  • a permanent visa holder WHO IS undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals* AND resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study
  • AND have not exceeded the lifetime FEE-HELP limit

* Students enrolling in bridging study for overseas-trained professionals must hold an assessment statement from the professional assessing authority for the relevant occupation in order to use FEE-HELP for their studies. Further details are available at Study Assist.

If you are not eligible or choose not to use FEE-HELP, you must pay your tuition fees to the University by the relevant due date.

SA-HELP

SA-HELP is a loan program that is similar to HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP, and allows eligible students to defer all or part of their SSA fee to the Australian Taxation Office. To be eligible for SA-HELP you must either be:

  • an Australian citizen who will undertake, at least one unit of study contributing to your course of study in Australia, OR
  • a permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your units of study, OR
  • a permanent visa holder WHO IS undertaking bridging study for overseas trained professionals AND resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study, and,
  • submit a valid Request for SA HELP assistance form with your tax file number (or a Certificate of application for a TFN) on or before the SSA fee payable date.

If you are not eligible or choose not to use SA-HELP, you must pay your tuition fees to the University by the relevant due date.

Please note: cross-institutional students are not enrolled in a course of study and are therefore not eligible for SA-HELP assistance for their enrolment at the University of Sydney.


How do I pay my fees?

To prevent enrolment sanctions or cancellation of your enrolment, ensure all outstanding fees are paid by the payment due dates listed in your Student Financial Statement which is accessible via your Sydney Student portal.

Payment extensions or arrangements for instalments are not available to domestic students.

Please note:

  • Hard copy Student Financial Statements are not mailed to you. All students need to use Sydney Student to access their Student Financial Statement.
  • If you are eligible and would like to defer your fees using HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP or SA-HELP, please ensure you change your payment option via your Sydney Student portal no later than the relevant census date/s for unit/s of study or the SSA fee incurral date.
  • If you are required or opt to pay your SSA fee upfront, this fee is due on the payment date indicated on your Student Financial Statement. The SSA fee incurral date is not the payment due date of this fee. Failure to pay the SSA fee in full by the payment due date may result in enrolment sanctions.

To change your payment option to defer your fees to the ATO:

  1. Log into Sydney Student.
  2. Go to “My Finance”, “Your Finance” and “Government Forms” to complete the relevant HECS/FEE/SA-HELP form.
  3. After the form is complete, GO BACK to “Government Forms” and click the “change payment option” button.
  4. 24 hours later, check the Student Financial Statement (in “My Finance” and “Your Finance”) to ensure the amount is deferred to tax.

To change your payment option to pay your fees upfront:

  1. Log into Sydney Student.
  2. Go to “My Finance”, “Your Finance” and “Government Forms” and click the “change your payment option” button.
  3. 24 hours later, check the Student Financial Statement (in “My Finance” and “Your Finance”) to obtain a statement of fees and access payment options.

Do I need to provide my Tax File Number?

If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder and you intend to defer your student contribution, tuition fees or Student Services and Amenities fee to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), you MUST provide the University your tax file number (TFN) (or Certificate of Application for a TFN issued by the ATO) on or before the relevant census/incurral dates. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your enrolment or other enrolment sanctions. TFNs must be provided on the relevant Commonwealth assistance form/s.

Please Note: All Commonwealth supported students; regardless of their payment option MUST submit a valid Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form on or before the relevant census date. Failure to submit this form will result in the cancellation of your enrolment as a Commonwealth supported student as per the Higher Education Support Act 2003. Requests for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP forms can be submitted online via your Sydney Student portal or in person at the Student Centre during business hours.

If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place and you elect to pay your student contribution upfront, you are not required to supply your TFN. However, if you do not pay your student contribution by the relevant census date and you have not provided the University with your tax file number in writing by this date, your enrolment will be cancelled in accordance with the Higher Education Support Act 2003. All Commonwealth supported students eligible for HECS-HELP are advised to provide their TFN to avoid cancellation of enrolment in this circumstance.

Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, permanent resident visa holders (excluding permanent humanitarian visa holders) and New Zealand citizens are not eligible for HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP or SA-HELP assistance and are required to pay all semester fees upfront. These students should not provide their TFN to the University.


How can I make a partial payment?

You will be able to make partial payments via your Sydney Student portal during the partial payment window (7 days of the census date). As partial payments are voluntary, no amount will appear outstanding on your Student Financial Statement. If you would like to make a partial payment towards your student contribution, tuition fees or SSA fee and you are eligible to do so, please access your Sydney Student portal during the partial payment window.

To make a partial payment:

  1. Log into Sydney Student.
  2. Go to “My Finance” and “Your Finance”.
  3. Follow the links to make a partial payment.

Important information:

  • The Commonwealth Government has recently proposed but not yet passed legislation, Higher Education Support Act (Savings and Other Measures) Bill 2013, to remove the HECS-HELP discount for Commonwealth supported students who pay their student contribution upfront. If this legislation is passed, the 10% HECS-HELP discount will be removed. This will mean that there will be no discounts on student contribution amounts paid upfront to universities for all undergraduate and postgraduate domestic Commonwealth supported students, regardless of how they pay. This legislation will also remove the 5% bonus received on voluntary payments made directly to the Australian Taxation Office.
  • There is a $500 minimum partial payment for HECS-HELP. There is a $1 minimum partial payment for FEE-HELP and SA-HELP. The maximum partial payment accepted on HELP loans is up to $1 below the total fees for that semester or session. If you choose to make a partial payment, the remaining fees will become a debt with the Australian Taxation Office.
  • The Higher Education Support Act 2003 prevents the University from processing partial payments received after the census date. If you wish to make a partial payment, ensure the University receives the payment by the relevant census dates. If you are enrolled in any intensive sessions, please check the census dates.
  • In accordance with the Higher Education Support Act 2003, your payment status for a semester is determined immediately after the census date for the units of study in which you are enrolled. Therefore, if you have made a payment prior to the census date or SSAF incurral date, it will be processed against your HELP loan according to the above partial payment rules. This also applies to overpayments in your account which you have not requested to be refunded to you before the census or incurral date.

Centrelink payments for students

If you would like more information on the payments you may be eligible for as a student, please see the Student Income Support Eligibility Information Tool.

Specific information regarding particular student support payments can be found on the Department of Human Services website.

Some postgraduate courses of study are approved courses for Centrelink purposes.

If you are required to provide a letter to Centrelink confirming your enrolment details, please complete the Request for HECS or Domestic Fee Related Related Documents and return it to the HECS and Domestic Fees office or Student Centre by email, fax, post or in person.


Residency requirements for Australian citizens

Australian citizens who commenced a course of study from 1 January 2013 are now required to reside in Australia for at least one unit of study contributing to their course of study in order to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place or Commonwealth assistance (including HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and SA-HELP). Students undertaking a higher degree by research and requesting SA-HELP assistance are required to reside in Australia for at least some of their course of study.

Students are required to declare if they will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study on their Commonwealth assistance form (i.e. Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form/ Request for FEE-HELP assistance form/ Request for SA-HELP assistance form).

Please Note: A student who is offered a Commonwealth supported place and will not undertake in Australia any units of study contributing to the course of study will not be able to enrol in a Commonwealth supported place and will be required to enrol as a domestic fee-paying student, paying the tuition fees upfront. Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence under the Criminal Code Act 1995.


Commonwealth supported students

All domestic students commencing an undergraduate course of study at the University of Sydney are Commonwealth supported, which means the federal government funds part of the costs while you pay a contribution amount. The student contribution amount is calculated at the unit of study level and is based on the student contribution bands and the weight of each unit of study. See section below, How do I find out the cost of each unit of study?, for details on the cost of each unit of study.

In accordance with the Higher Education Support Act 2003, all Commonwealth supported students MUST complete and submit a valid Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form on or before the relevant census date; failure to adhere to this legislative requirement will result in the cancellation of enrolment in a Commonwealth supported place. Students who are cancelled from a Commonwealth supported place are not permitted to return as a Commonwealth supported student in the same semester as per the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

If you are an Australian citizen or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa and reside in Australia, you are eligible for HECS-HELP (the federal government’s Higher Education Loan Program). This means you can choose to either pay your student contribution upfront and obtain a 10% HECS-HELP discount, or defer all or part of your contribution to the Australian Taxation Office by obtaining a HECS-HELP loan.

Eligible students who opt for a HECS-HELP loan MUST provide their tax file number (TFN) or a Certificate of Application for a TFN on or before the relevant census date. Students who do not provide their TFN or fail to make the full payment of their student contribution for the semester, on or before the relevant census date, will also have their enrolment as a Commonwealth supported student cancelled as per the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

If you are an Australian permanent resident visa holder (excluding permanent humanitarian visa holders) or a New Zealand citizen you are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place. However, you must pay your student contribution upfront, in full, by the relevant payment due date.

All Commonwealth supported students are charged the Student Services and Amenities fee (SSA fee). This fee is in addition to the student contribution amount for the semester and students are required to either pay this fee upfront or, if eligible, obtain a SA-HELP loan prior to the SSA fee incurral date. Please note that students who are required to or who opt to pay the SSA fee upfront must pay by the payment due date on the invoice, not by the SSA fee incurral date. Enrolment sanctions may be applied if full payment of the fee is not received by the payment due date.


Undergraduate domestic fee paying students

As a result of changes introduced by the Federal Government in 2008 to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA), no commencing undergraduate domestic fee paying places have been offered since 1 January 2009. Under certain circumstances, eligible students may be offered a domestic fee paying place to continue their enrolment.

The calculation of fees for domestic fee paying places at this university is based on a cost per unit of study; (for units of study undertaken as part of an undergraduate award course or a non-award program). See section below, How do I find out the cost of my unit of study?, for details on how to determine the cost.

If you are an Australian citizen or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa and reside in Australia, you are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance (the federal government's Higher Education Loan Program). This means you can defer all or part of your tuition fees to the Australian Taxation Office (FEE-HELP loan). There is a limit of $100,000 indexed annually ($122,162 in 2015) for students studying a medicine, dentistry or veterinary science course that leads to provisional registration to practise in one of those fields, and $80,000 indexed annually ($97,729 in 2015) for all other students.

Please Note: There is a 25% loan fee for FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses of study, however this loan fee does not count towards the FEE-HELP loan limit.

Eligible students who opt for a FEE-HELP loan MUST provide their tax file number (TFN) or a Certificate of Application for a TFN on or before the relevant census date. Students who do not provide their TFN on or before the census date will not be eligible for FEE-HELP and will be required to pay their fees upfront in full to the University.

Most undergraduate domestic fee paying students are charged the SSA fee. This fee is in addition to the tuition fee for the semester and students are required to pay this fee upfront or obtain a SA-HELP loan, if eligible, prior to the SSA fee payable date. Please note that students who are required or who opt to pay the SSA fee upfront must pay by the payment due date on the invoice, not by the SSA fee incurral date. Enrolment sanctions may be applied if full payment of the fee is not received by the payment due date.


Postgraduate coursework students

Most postgraduate coursework courses offered at the University of Sydney are fee paying (i.e. non Commonwealth supported) and require the payment of tuition fees. A small number of courses are exclusively Commonwealth supported, while there are a few where a Commonwealth supported place can be obtained via direct application to individual faculties. For information regarding postgraduate Commonwealth supported places, please contact the relevant school or faculty office.

At the University of Sydney, postgraduate fees are calculated at the course level. Current postgraduate domestic course fees are available at Sydney Courses. See section below, How do I find out the cost of my unit of study? for details on how to determine the cost.

If you are an Australian citizen or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa and reside in Australia, you are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance (the federal government's Higher Education Loan Program). This means you can defer all or part of your course fees to the Australian Taxation Office (FEE-HELP loan). There is a limit of $100,000 indexed annually ($122,162 in 2015) for students studying a medicine, dentistry or veterinary science course that leads to provisional registration to practise in one of those fields, and $80,000 indexed annually ($97,729 in 2015) for all other students. There is no loan fee for using FEE-HELP in a postgraduate course of study.

Eligible students who opt for a FEE-HELP loan MUST provide their tax file number (TFN) or a Certificate of Application for a TFN on or before the relevant census dates. Students who do not provide their TFN on or before the census date will not be eligible for FEE-HELP and will be required to pay their fees upfront in full to the University.

In addition to the postgraduate tuition fees, most domestic postgraduate students are also charged the SSA fee and students are required to pay this fee upfront or obtain a SA-HELP loan, if eligible, prior to the SSA fee incurral date. Please note that students who are required or who opt to pay the SSA fee upfront must pay by the payment due date on the invoice, not by the SSA fee incurral date. Enrolment sanctions may be applied if full payment of the fee is not received by the payment due date.


Postgraduate domestic research students

Domestic students undertaking a postgraduate research program at the University of Sydney, at a Masters or Doctorate level, are covered by the Research Training Scheme (RTS) and are exempt from the payment of tuition fees.

RTS students are entitled to a maximum of:

  • 4 years of full time equivalent study for an eligible Doctorate degree by research, and
  • 2 years of full time equivalent study for an eligible Masters degree by research

Those who transfer their research program from another university to the University of Sydney will be required to provide details regarding their consumption of RTS entitlements at their previous university and may be required to pay tuition fees at this University.

Students who commenced their postgraduate research program as an international student and change to domestic status will be enrolled under RTS minus any EFTSL* consumed as an international student. RTS entitlements are calculated from the course commencement date.

Most domestic postgraduate research students are charged the SSA fee and will be required to pay this fee or obtain a SA-HELP loan, if eligible, on or before the SSA fee incurral date. Please note that students who are required or who opt to pay the SSA fee upfront must pay by the payment due date on the Student Financial Statement, not by the SSA fee incurral date. Enrolment sanctions may be applied if full payment of the fee is not received by the payment due date.

(*) An EFTSL (Equivalent Full Time Student Load) is a measure of study load a student undertakes. One EFTSL is equivalent to 48 credit points at the University of Sydney and represents a standard annual full time load. All course fee rates presented on the course database are for 1 EFTSL.


How do I find out the cost of my unit of study?

Commonwealth supported: Undergraduate or Postgraduate

For students enrolled in Commonwealth supported places, the band the unit of study falls into and student contribution amount is available through the unit of study selection task (via the “more details” tab in the unit of study).

The contribution tables also show the contribution per 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL).

(*) An EFTSL (Equivalent Full Time Student Load) is a measure of study load a student undertakes. One EFTSL is equivalent to 48 credit points at the University of Sydney and represents a standard annual full time load. All course fee rates presented on the course database are for 1 EFTSL.

You can also browse unit of study costs through the course search website.

  1. Go to Find a Course
  2. From the drop down list next to the search button, select “Unit of study”.
  3. Enter either the UOS code OR the name of the unit of study.
  4. Select the relevant unit of study.
  5. The costs are displayed on the right side of the page.

Domestic fee paying: Undergraduate award and non-award study (including Summer/Winter school)

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate course of study in a domestic fee paying place, you enrol in a unit of study on a non-award basis or you undertake a unit of study in the Sydney Summer/Winter School under your Commonwealth Supported course, your fees are calculated for each unit of study individually.

You can browse unit of study costs through the course search website.

  1. Go to Find a Course
  2. From the drop down list next to the search button, select “Unit of study”.
  3. Enter either the UOS code OR the name of the unit of study.
  4. Select the relevant unit of study.
  5. The costs are displayed on the right side of the page.

Domestic fee paying: Postgraduate award course

If you are enrolled in a postgraduate course of study as a domestic fee paying student, your fees are calculated according to your degree. To find the cost for an individual unit of study, find the total cost for 1 EFTSL (48 credit points) using the course search option. The course fees are displayed for domestic students on the right banner for each course of study.

For example, for a student enrolled part-time in a Master of Commerce in 2015:

Unit of Study Credit Points

Master of Commerce

(Cost for 1 EFTSL)

Total
BUSS5000 6 $28000 $3500
BUSS6000 6 $28000 $3500
TOTAL: 12   $7000

Domestic fee-paying: Postgraduate non-award study

If you are enrolled in non-award study at postgraduate level, your units of study are calculated according to the faculty in which you are enrolled. To find the cost for an individual unit of study, find the total cost for 1 EFTSL (48 credit points) using the course search option (for example, “Arts Postgraduate Non-award”). The course fees are displayed for domestic students on the right banner for each course of study.

For example, for a non-award student enrolled in an Arts Postgraduate unit of study in 2015:

Unit of Study Credit Points

Arts Postgraduate Non-award

(cost for 1 EFTSL)

Total
ENGL6101 6 $20300 $2537.50

Domestic Higher Degree by Research

If you are a domestic student enrolled in a Masters or Doctorate level course by research, you are exempt from paying tuition fees under the Research Training Scheme (RTS). At present at the University of Sydney, all domestic higher degree by research students fall under the RTS. The Research Training Scheme allows Masters students to study for 2 years equivalent full time and Doctorate students to study for 4 years equivalent full time. If you exceed the time limits, the University of Sydney must change your fee liability status from RTS to domestic fee paying. At present, higher degree by research students at the University of Sydney who have exceeded their time limits are not liable for fees (zero fee charged).

International students

If you are an international student, please refer to the International Office for more information, or go to the course search to view tuition fees for courses of study.


Census dates

As per the Higher Education Support Act 2003, all universities are required to set a census date for each unit of study offered. The census date is the last day to withdraw from a unit of study without financial or academic penalty. It is also the final day when Commonwealth supported students, as well as students requesting Commonwealth assistance, can submit appropriate Commonwealth assistance forms, including tax file numbers (TFN), if deferring their fees.

After the census date:

  • you become financially liable for any unit of study in which you are enrolled; and
  • you incur a HELP debt for any units for which you have taken out a HELP loan.

Census dates for sessions on offer at the University of Sydney in 2015.


Cancellation of enrolment

Your enrolment is at risk of cancellation if:

  • You are a Commonwealth supported student and have not completed and submitted a Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form, by the relevant census date;
  • You have not paid your semester fees in full by the payment due date

If your enrolment is cancelled:

  • You will cease to be a student of the University of Sydney.
  • You will no longer be able to obtain transcripts or allow authorised third parties to access details about your enrolment at the University of Sydney.
  • Your access to library facilities and eLearning will be removed.
  • You will not be permitted to attend lectures, tutorials, clinical placements or submit assessments whilst cancelled.
  • If you receive a student payment from Centrelink, this may be affected.

Once cancelled, if you wish to re-enrol as a student, you must receive permission from your faculty/ school. Once the faculty has granted permission to re-enrol, your enrolment will be re-instated after the University has confirmed receipt of payment of all outstanding fees plus a $100 reinstatement fee. The last date to re-enrol for the semester is the last teaching date. Your transcript will show a “cancelled” status for your units of study for that semester. This is not an academic penalty.

Please Note: If you are a Commonwealth supported student and your enrolment is cancelled, as per the Higher Education Support Act 2003, you will not be permitted to re-enter the University as a Commonwealth supported student in the same semester. With faculty permission, you will be able to re-enter as a non-award full-fee paying student if you wish to re-enrol in the same cancelled semester. Please note that the fees for non-award study are significantly higher than for Commonwealth supported students and there are no Commonwealth loan programs available. You may then re-apply to enter the University as a Commonwealth supported student in subsequent semesters.


Withdrawing or discontinuing study

Withdrawing from study

A student who formally (i.e. through the Sydney Student portal) ceases their enrolment in a course or unit/s of study on or before the relevant census date is considered to have “withdrawn” their enrolment. Those students who withdraw are not financially or academically liable for those units of study.

If you would like to withdraw from a unit of study or your course of study, you MUST do so prior to the census date. This can be done online via the discontinuation of enrolment task available through your Sydney Student portal. If you do not do this prior to the census date you will be financially liable for the unit/s or course of study.

If you paid your semester fees prior to withdrawing your enrolment you may apply for a refund through your Sydney Student portal.

Discontinuing study

A student who ceases their enrolment in a course or unit/s of study after the relevant census date is considered to have “discontinued” their studies. Those students who discontinue their enrolment are financially liable for the discontinued units of study and academic penalties may also apply for discontinued unit/s of study.

Application for refund/remission of debt due to Special Circumstances

You are financially liable for any units of study you are enrolled in after the census date. If you discontinue or fail to successfully complete (i.e. receive a grade of DC, DF, AF or FA) a unit of study after the census date due to special circumstances beyond your control, you may be eligible for a refund of your fees paid upfront to the University or a remission of your HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP debt. To apply for a refund or remission, please complete the Application for Refund/Re-Crediting in Special Circumstances form and return it to the Student Centre, along with original or certified independent supporting documents within the specified application period.

The government has not provided any provisions for universities to remit SA-HELP debts. As such, students who discontinue their enrolment after the SSA fee incurral date, will be liable for their SSA fee and will not be refunded their SSA fee where paid upfront or remitted their SA-HELP debt if deferred

If you received a grade of DF, AF or F due to special circumstances beyond your control, you may apply to your faculty directly to have this grade changed to DC (Discontinued - not to count of failure). This is a separate procedure to applying for a refund or remission due to special circumstances.

Applications for a refund or remission due to special circumstances MUST be received within 12 months from the discontinuation date (if you received a grade of DC or DF) or by the end of teaching period for the relevant semester (if you received a grade of AF or F).

If the unit of study was taught by Sydney Summer/Winter School, please apply directly to Summer School for a refund or remission due to special circumstances.


Updating residency and citizenship details

If you were previously an international student and have now become a permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen, or were previously a permanent resident or New Zealand citizen and you are now an Australian citizen, you are required to inform the University of this change. Please complete the Change of Residency notification in your Sydney Student portal and bring your original documents to the Student Centre (passport or citizenship certificate and visa documents, as relevant). It is not necessary to upload your documents via the Sydney Student portal.

Commencing students who have not yet enrolled should ensure their residency details are correct at the time of enrolment. All students are advised that the University is only able to amend records for a semester on or before the relevant census dates. Please ensure to bring your documents to the Student Centre without delay.


HECS and Domestic Fees Office Contact Details

If you have an enquiry related to a domestic fees related issue that is not answered in the above information, please contact the HECS and Domestic Fees Office.

HECS and Domestic Fees Office
Student Centre
Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Bldg, G02
University of Sydney

Email:
Phone: +61 2 8627 8239
Fax: +61 2 8627 8285


Other enquiries

Payment of fees, payment problems or refund enquiries

If you have had trouble accessing the fee payment options or would like to enquire about the status of a payment or refund, please contact the Fees Office – Financial Control and Treasury at or on +61 2 9351 5222.

Course-related enquiries

If you have a question about a course, or would like to know if Commonwealth supported places are offered in a postgraduate course you are applying for, please contact the relevant faculty.

International students

If you are an International student and would like to make an enquiry about your fees, please contact International Services at or on +61 2 8627 8300.

Scholarships and Financial support

The Scholarships Office has a range of scholarships available. Financial Services also provides financial support in the form of bursaries and loans.


HECS & Fees associated Forms