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Tuition fees

Find out how to estimate your fees

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

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

Once you have submitted your enrolment selections, you will be able to view your exact tuition fees for any given semester (or research period) in your Student Financial Statement. This statement will be generated and available in Sydney Student (go to 'My finance', 'Your finances', then 'View financial statements'), within 24 hours after you enrol.

Most University of Sydney coursework and research students are also liable for the Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee, which was introduced by the Australian Government to fund services and support programs at universities. The SSA fee will be charged on 12 May for Semester 1 and 12 October for Semester 2 and you will be able to view it in your Student Financial Statement in Sydney Student (go to 'My finance', 'Your finances', then 'View financial statements'), after these dates.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees and the SSA fee are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Understand your fees

Domestic students – undergraduate and postgraduate coursework

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place in one of our courses, your tuition fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. You will pay the remainder – called a 'student contribution amount' and set by the University for your particular study.

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 visa or Australian permanent humanitarian visa. To check if you are eligible, visit the federal government’s Study Assist website.

Double degrees and combined degrees

For Commonwealth supported students enrolling in a double or combined degree, your student contribution amounts for the postgraduate degree may be higher than the undergraduate degree, depending on the area of study. Some combined programs also have a difference between the fees for each degree in the program. When you are calculating the likely total cost of your course please carefully factor in this price difference.

Check the tuition fees for your specific course in Find a course.

Postgraduate coursework

Most domestic postgraduate students study in a fee-paying place. The University calculates the tuition fees for single postgraduate coursework degrees based on an annual course fee that is subject to increase each year.

Fees are based on a full-time student enrolment load of 24 credit points per semester or 48 credit points per year (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load in any calendar year is more or less than 1.0 EFTSL your tuition fee will differ. Check the tuition fees for your specific course in Find a course.

All tuition fees are subject to an annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

The Australian Government does not subsidise fee-paying places. However, the government-funded loan program FEE-HELP is available to eligible domestic postgraduate coursework students to assist in paying your tuition fees.

Commonwealth supported places

A limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) may be available for some postgraduate courses, on a competitive basis. Refer to your specific course in sydney.edu.au/courses to determine if it offers CSPs.

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.

Exact student contribution amounts for your course will depend on your calendar year of study and the specific units of study in which you enrol. Costs can vary depending on the discipline of study (student contribution band), and study load of each unit. Not all units of study in a course are in the same student contribution band. 

Student contribution amounts are reviewed annually by the University and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to an Australian Government-specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year. For more information, visit www.studyassist.gov.au.

Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand Special Category Visa holders who meet the long-term residency requirements are eligible to either pay their student contribution upfront or obtain a full or part HECS-HELP loan.  All Australian permanent resident visa holders (excluding permanent humanitarian visa holders) and most New Zealand citizens are required to pay their student contribution upfront and are not eligible for HECS-HELP. For more information about government-funded financial assistance and to check if you are eligible, visit Study Assist.

Below you’ll find indicative student contribution rates, by area of study, for 2016 and 2017.

Area of study 2016 Cost 2017 Cost
Band 1
Humanities, behavioural science, social studies, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, clinical psychology*, education, nursing $6256 $6349
Band 2
Mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture $8917 $9050
Band 3
Law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science $10,440 $10,596

The cost shown is the annual student contribution amount for 1 Equivalent Full-Time Student Load (EFTSL) in 2017.

At the University of Sydney 1 EFTSL is equal to 48 credit points. If your study load in any calendar year is more or less than 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee or student contribution will differ.

* 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.

This maximum student contribution amount applies to students who commence their course of study on or after 1 January 2010, regardless of the course of study. Students who commenced their course of study prior to 1 January 2010 will be subject to the previous national priority maximum student contribution amount (indexed). In 2017 this amount is $5,081.

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 six-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 ($6349).
  3. This gives you the total student contribution payable for that unit of study.
    For example, 0.125 x 6349 is $793.60

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

The University calculates the tuition fees for single undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (coursework and research) based on an annual course fee that is subject to increase each year. This makes it easy for international students and parents/guardians to understand the potential financial commitment for each year of study.

Tuition fees vary between courses and the calendar year that you undertake study. Fees for each course are based on a full-time student enrolment load of 24 credit points per semester or 48 credit points per year (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load for the year is more or less than 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ.

For example, if you are enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce and taking the equivalent of 48 credit points each year (1 EFTSL) then you will pay $38,500 for the first year (2017), and this fee is likely to increase each year. Check the tuition fees for your specific course in Find a course.

Combined degrees

For combined degrees, a single course tuition fee applies to the entire period of your studies (and is subject to annual review), regardless of the units of study that you select in each of the two qualifications (eg, a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws).

The tuition fee structure for the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine combined degree is different – please see the important tuition fee information below.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) – price differentiation

In a double degree, students usually commence in one degree and then transfer to a second degree to complete the remainder of their studies. The University charges students two separate tuition fee rates for double degrees that comprise an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree, with a higher tuition fee rate applying to the postgraduate degree. When you are calculating the likely total cost of your course please carefully factor in this price difference.

Annual reviews

All tuition fees and the Student Services and Amenities fee are subject to annual reviews (and indexation, when required) and will increase for each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

This degree is calculated differently to other combined degrees. It has a combination of undergraduate – Bachelor of Veterinary Biology in years 1 and 2 – and postgraduate components – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) – in years 3 to 6.

There are two separate tuition fee rates for this combined degree. You will be paying higher tuition fees in Years 3 to 6 – for study equivalent to the graduate-entry Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – than in Years 1 and 2 of the combined degree – the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology. Both tuition fees are subject to annual increases for each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Check the tuition fees for your specific course in Find a course

Other fees and costs

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 be required to pay or give evidence of your Overseas Student Health Cover when you accept your offer.

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

Find out more about other costs at the University of Sydney, including additional course costs (such as textbooks and equipment) and education and living expenses.

International students – Application Processing Fee waiver

International students who apply to study onshore need to pay an application processing fee (APF) of A$100. The APF covers one year, ie, two semesters or four 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 currently 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 has 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 that a surcharge of 0.8 percent 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 (A$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:

Manager, International Fees Team
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.
1
Student Services and Amenities fee
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2
Course equipment and textbooks
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3
Living costs in Sydney
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