Fees and Payment

When do I need to pay?

Payment is required at the point of online application using a credit card.

How do I know how much to pay?

Indicative subject fees are advertised on this website on our fees page. You will also be advised of the full amount you need to pay when submitting your web application.

How can I pay?

Full Fee Paying Students
Full fee students are required to pay online at the point of application using a credit card. If you do not have a credit card you may pay by cheque or money order at the Summer School office. If using this method then fees must be paid in full within 3 days of submitting your online application.

Commonwealth Assisted Students
Fee-Help applicants must advise their intent to defer fees to this schemes at the point of application. If you are not currently deferring fees to FEE-HELP then you must submit your loan request forms to the Summer School office within 3 days of application. You can fill in the FEE-HELP forms online.

International Students with University of Sydney Account in Credit
Students must advise at the point of application that their University account is in credit and fees should be transferred from their International Office account.

Sponsored / AusAID Students
International Students who are recognised by the University of Sydney International Office as Sponsored students (AusAID or government sponsored) must advise their status at the point of application. Fees will be transferred from the International Office.

Can I pay over the internet by credit card?

Yes, you can pay at the point of online application using a credit card.

Can I pay by cash?

NO. Cash is not accepted at the Summer School.

What if I do not have a credit card?

If you do not have a credit card you must indicate on your online application that you will pay at the Summer School office using a cheque or money order. You must ensure the full fee is received at the Summer School office within 3 days of your online application.

How do I pay by credit card?

You will be prompted for your credit card details upon registering your application to enrol online. All payments are processed through a secure web server and no credit card details are retained at the Summer School office.

If I do not pay will I be withdrawn?

If you do not pay using a credit card online and you do not indicate you intend to pay by another method during the application process your application will not be registered.

If you do not pay using a credit card online and you indicate another method of payment which requires either payment at the Summer School office or the submission of Commonwealth Assistance forms, then you must supply payment or completed form to the Summer School office within 3 days of your application otherwise your application will be automatically withdrawn.

Places pending payment or submission of supporting documents are only held for 3 days without exception.

Can I use HECS to pay for my Summer or Winter School subjects?

All subjects in the Summer & Winter School are full-fee paying and there are no HECS places available.

What is Fee-HELP?

Fee-HELP is a loan from the Government to pay for full-fee subjects. The loan is paid back through taxes.

Can I use Fee-HELP?

Fee-HELP is available for both Summer and Winter School.

In general only Australian citizens may use Fee-HELP, however there are strict criteria which must be met. Eligibility for Fee-HELP should be checked on the ATO website.

How do I apply for Fee HELP?

You will need to fill out a Commonwealth Assistance Form and submit this to the Summer School office. The form is available from the Summer School office. Please note that you are required to report your Tax File Number on this form.

If you send it back to the Summer School office please use express post.

What is the student services and amenities fee? (SAF)

This is a fee that providers can charge their students for student services and amenities of non-academic nature, such as sporting and recreational activities, employment and career advice, child care, financial advice and food services.

How do I pay the SAF fee?

You can pay by credit card or by SA-HELP.

You will need to fill out a SA-HELP Form online, or collect one from the Summer School office. Please note that you are required to report your Tax File Number on this form.

If you send it back to the Summer School office please use express post.

What is SA-HELP?

SA-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay their student and amenities fee. Eligible students can choose to defer all or part of their fee for the relevant year.

What is a "CAN"?

All Fee-HELP students who a have enrolled with the Summer or Winter School (including those who may have withdrawn from a subject) will receive a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN).

The CAN will be emailed to you with 28 days from the Census Date. This will indicate your liability (how much you have borrowed) to the Government for taking your Summer or Winter School subject(s).

What must I do if information on my CAN is wrong?

You will have 12 days from the issuing of the CAN to notify the Summer School office of any problems you note on the CAN.

If I withdraw from a subject what must I do if I have applied for FeeHELP to pay for this subject?

If you have withdrawn prior to the Census date you will not be liable for any tuition fee and will not have a loan recorded for that unit of study. If you discontinue after the Census date, you will be liable for the loan for that unit of study.

You can check to see what your liabilities are when your CAN is sent out for Summer or Winter School. Check against the notice that the subject you withdrew from is recorded as withdrawn and no liability is recorded. If you discontinued from a subject, then the CAN will record ‘discontinue’ and there will be a liability recorded against that subject.

How do I get a refund?

Download the application for a refund form as PDF
Make sure you have informed us by email to summer.school@sydney.edu.au that you want to withdraw from your subject.

If you paid by credit card, then please submit your refund application form to the Summer School office by fax, post or over the counter. Due to content, we cannot accept this form by email. Credit card refunds must be made on the card used for the original purchase.

If you chose FEE-HELP and have withdrawn before the census date, then your FEE-HELP is automatically cancelled.

When do I need to pay a withdrawal fee?

A withdrawal fee is charged for withdrawals during the late withdrawal period. See Important Dates for withdrawal deadlines.

A student will also be charged the withdrawal fee in instances where the Summer School rescinded a student who has not fully paid their tuition fee by the due date or has an incomplete application. A withdrawal fee will be charged regardless as to whether the student had decided not to proceed with their enrolment.