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Tuition fees

Find out how to estimate your fees

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.

* 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 your overall degree.
    For example, if your course is 48 credit points in total then one 6 credit-point unit of study will 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.

Our postgraduate research handbook has more information about the scheme. 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 surcharge of $100.

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

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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