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Tuition fees

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Your tuition fees are calculated based on your residency status, your course of study and the units of study you are enrolled in. 

Tuition fees, your student contribution, and the loan schemes available depend on a number of factors: the type of degree, the course itself, and your citizenship/residency status.

You will be able to view your statement through Sydney Student (go to 'My finance', 'Your finances', then 'View financial statements').

Most students are also liable for the Student Services and Amenities fee.

Understand your fees

Domestic students – undergraduate and postgraduate coursework

Undergraduate courses

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place in one of our courses, your course fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. You will pay the remainder – called a 'student contribution'.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, you need to be a citizen of Australia or New Zealand or hold an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa.

Postgraduate coursework

Some postgraduate courses also offer Commonwealth supported places, but the majority are full-fee paying. Indicative tuition fees are available in Find a course.

Student contributions

Student contributions are calculated several times a year, at each census date. Legislation requires you to pay your fees, if paying upfront, before the relevant census date for your unit/s of study.

The fees and the amount you contribute depend on the subjects you choose, as costs vary across disciplines.

You may not be required to pay your student contribution upfront, though you may be eligible for a 10 percent discount if you do so – see HECS-HELP for details.

Government-funded loan programs (eg FEE-HELP) are also available to eligible domestic postgraduate coursework students.

Below you’ll find indicative student contribution rates, by area of study, for 2016. For more information about government-funded financial assistance, visit Study Assist.

Area of study Cost
Band 1
Humanities, behavioural science, social studies, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, clinical psychology, education, nursing $6256
Band 2
Mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture $8917
Band 3
Law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science $10,440

The cost shown is the annual student contribution amount for 1 Equivalent Full-Time Student Load (EFTSL) in 2016.

At the University of Sydney 1 EFTSL is equal to 48 credit points. 

* Clinical psychology unit PSYC6032 will be charged at the rate of Band 1; however, all other psychology units are charged at a Band 2 rate.

Estimate your fees

Using the table above, you can calculate the cost of your individual units of study in three steps.

  1. Express your unit of study as a fraction of 1 EFTSL.
    For example, one 6 credit-point unit of study wil be 6 over 48 (or 0.125).
  2. Multiply the fraction by the student contribution.
    For example, an arts unit of study worth 0.125 would be multiplied by the Band 1 student contribution ($6256).
  3. This gives you the total student contribution payable for that unit of study.
    For example, 0.125 x 6256 is $782.

Remember, if you’re taking units of study across multiple faculties you will most likely need to use multiple student contribution bands.

Visit Study Assist for more information about your student contribution amount.

Domestic students – postgraduate research

The government-funded Research Training Scheme enables eligible domestic Higher Degree by Research candidates to be exempt from paying a student contribution or a tuition fee for the duration of an accredited course.

This can be up to a maximum of four years full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research and two years of full-time equivalent study for a master’s degree by research.

Research Training Scheme students may be enrolled full time or part time.

As a research student, it's also worth checking out our research scholarships.

International students

Indicative tuition fees for international students are available in Find a course.

When you are offered a place to study with us, you will be required to pay a deposit equal to your first semester of tuition fees, to secure your place formally and be eligible to apply for a visa. The total amount will be confirmed in your letter of offer.

You will also be required to pay or give evidence of your Overseas Student Health Cover when you accept your offer, and pay the Student Services and Amenities fee at the start of each semester once enrolled.

At the end of your first semester, you’ll receive a detailed financial statement showing the total amount payable for second semester. This can be paid in two equal instalments, but this payment method will incur a fee of $100.

To help cover the costs of your study, check out:

International students - Application Processing Fee waiver

International students who apply to study on-shore need to pay an application processing fee (APF) of $100. The APF covers one year, ie 2  semesters or 4 research periods.

We will ask you to pay the APF by Visa or MasterCard when you submit your first application. If you have paid the APF within the past year, answer ‘yes’ in the application form to the question ‘Are you a current applicant at the University?’ and enter your student ID number. After we confirm your student ID number and the date of your initial APF payment we will waive the fee.

You can request an APF waiver if you are:

  • a student who is current enrolled or completing a course at the University of Sydney - answer ‘yes’ in the application form to the question ‘Are you a currently enrolled at the University?’ and enter your student ID number. After we confirm your student ID number we will waive the APF.
  • a student with a full scholarship - upload a copy of your financial guarantee letter in the scholarships section of the application form. After we verify your supporting documents we will waive the APF.
  • an applicant who has attended a recruitment event or roadshow and have a signed fee waiver form - after we verify your supporting documents we will waive the APF.

Students applying for distance education, non-award, exchange or cotutelle courses are not required to pay an APF.

How do I pay the APF?

The APF fee is paid by Visa or MasterCard by completing the secure online credit card payment screen at the end of the online application form.

Please note, a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. See the FAQs for information about alternative payment methods.

If you are unable to pay the APF via credit card, please contact your bank to obtain a bank draft. The bank draft must be made payable to “The University of Sydney” and be made in Australian dollars (AUD$100). Please write your full name, date of birth and online application reference (IPU) number on the back of the bank draft and send to:

Head of Finance and Student Administration
Student Administration Services
Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02)
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia

Your application will be submitted once the original bank draft has been received and processed by the International Finance team. Scanned cheques are not accepted.

Other financial factors

There are other costs to consider before you begin.
Student Services and Amenities fee
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Course equipment and textbooks
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Living costs in Sydney
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