Fees and Payment

Payment due date

Full fee paying students should pay online through Sydney Student, or at The Summer School Office within 4 calendar days of enrolling in a summer or winter unit of study. Cross-institutional students should be pay within 10 calendar days of enrolment. If you cannot pay within this time, please contact The Summer School.

Fee rates

Indicative fee rates are indicated on our website fees page. You will also be advised of the full amount you need to pay when enrolling online.

How to pay

Full Fee Paying Students
Full fee paying students are required to pay online by one of the payment options, more details can be found at Fees and Payment. This option requires you to pay the tuition fees within 4 calendar days, or 10 calendar days for cross-institutional, of your online enrolment. You can also pay at The Summer School.

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.

Commonwealth Assisted Students
If you are eligible to request FEE HELP you will need to fill in a paper FEE HELP form available from The Summer School Office.

International Students with University of Sydney Account in Credit
International Students should contact International Services on 02 8627 8300 or email to confirm that their University account is in credit before enrolling in summer or winter units.

Sponsored / AusAID Students
International Students who are recognised by the University of Sydney International Office as Sponsored students (AusAID or government sponsored) should also contact the International Services Office to ensure that the sponsor will pay the invoiced amount for the summer/winter tuition fees by a due date prior to the census date for the unit(s).

Non payment

For full fee paying students payment is required in full in your Sydney Student online portal within 4 calendar days following your enrolment. Summer/winter school staff may withdraw students in this category for non-payment of tuition fees if the due date is not met.

A continuing domestic student who does not submit a valid FEE HELP form online by the due date will be removed for their summer/winter unit of study so that the place can be made available for another fee paying student.

HECS is not available for summer/winter sessions

All subjects in the Summer/Winter School are either full-fee places or are offset by using FEE HELP if you are an eligible domestic student. Commonwealth legislation does not allow for HECS places at these sessions.


FEE-HELP is a Government loan scheme available for both Summer and Winter School. 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.


Applications for FEE-HELP can be made either online or by submitting a paper FEE-HELP form at The Sydney Summer School Office.

Online FEE-HELP applications can only be made after receiving an email confirmation of your enrolment in in a Winter/Summer School Unit of Study.
Online applications are made through Sydney Student portal. Please Click on My Finances > Your Finances> Government Forms> FEE-HELP.

FEE-HELP must be lodged within 4 calendar days of enrolment.

Please Note: You must also select the option to defer payment to FEE-HELP.


Once you have submitted FEE-HELP online you must then change your payment option to FEE-HELP.

Please click on My Finances > Your Finances> Government Forms > Summer/Winter School > CHANGE, and follow the prompts to nominate FEE-HELP as your deferred payment option. Once completed Payment will be deferred to FEE-HELP.

Please Note: If this step is not completed you have not deferred payment to FEE-HELP and are liable for upfront payment of fees, within the payment deadline.

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. The SAF fee will be charged on a semester basis. It will not be charged by Summer or Winter School.

Your Commonwealth Assistance Notice (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 to do if information on your CAN is wrong

It is important that you check the details on your CAN and notify the University of any errors, in writing, within 14 days. Please report errors immediately to the Domestic Compliance, HECS and Fees Office.

Withdrawing from a unit of study paid for using FEE HELP

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.


Students apply for a refund of fees paid by Visa or MasterCard via the Sydney Student online portal where you manage your student finances.

Domestic Student refunds are processed by The Fees Office. The University's Financial Control area will refund your fees by EFT, provided you have withdrawn on or before the census date for the summer or winter session.

Please note, payments made by Visa or MasterCard that have incurred a 0.8% surcharge will be fully refunded inclusive of the surcharge. If the refund is a partial refund, the surcharge component to be refunded will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

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

International student financial matters, including refunds, must be directed to International Services.