If you’re a domestic undergraduate student studying an award course, the Australian Government will subsidise your tuition fees.

All domestic undergraduate students studying award courses and some postgraduate coursework students are automatically offered a Commonwealth supported place when they apply to the University. This means the Australian Government subsidises your course fees.

The remainder of your fees is called a student contribution.

Most Commonwealth supported students are eligible for HECS-HELP assistance. This means you can defer all or part of your student contribution by obtaining a HECS-HELP loan.

From 1 January 2017, changes to Australian Government legislation came into effect, removing the 10% HECS-HELP discount on any upfront payments made to the University and the 5% bonus for voluntary payments of a HELP debt to the Australian Taxation Office.

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If you're an Australian citizen, a permanent humanitarian visa holder or an eligible New Zealand citizen* studying a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible for FEE-HELP, a government loan that allows you to repay your tuition fees once you start earning above a certain annual salary.

Like HECS-HELP, eligibility for FEE-HELP is governed by certain criteria around your citizenship or residency status, in accordance with the Higher Education Support Act (2003).

Visit the Student website for detailed information about how much you can borrow and loan fees.

From 1 January 2017, changes to Australian Government legislation mean voluntary repayments of your HELP debt will no longer receive a bonus of 5%. Current arrangements still apply for voluntary repayments made to the ATO which are processed by 31 December 2016.

*The Australian Govermnent recently passed legislation permitting eligible New Zealand citizens to access HELP assistance.


Applications for HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP are submitted online in Sydney Student. Click on My Finances > Your Finances> Government Forms> Summer/Winter School HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP.

Summer School HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP applications are accessible only once you have been enrolled in a Summer or Winter School unit.

You may have already filled out a HECS-HELP form as a Commonwealth supported student or a FEE-HELP form for your current studies. If you have previously completed these forms for your current course of study, you will not need to submit these forms again. You can check this or submit new forms by:

Cross-Institutional Students

If you are a domestic student studying at another university, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) for your cross institutional studies undertaken at the University of Sydney. If you are offered a CSP place you may apply for HECS-HELP loan if eligible, and if you are offered a domestic fee paying place you may apply for FEE-HELP assistance if eligible.

Please note: It is your responsibility to seek confirmation from your home university that the Sydney Summer School unit(s) will be credited to your degree.

Census Date

Students must withdraw from a unit of study in Summer School before the relevant census date/s to avoid incurring financial and academic penalties.