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Changes to tuition fees for undergraduate fee-paying students

Understand how upcoming fee changes may affect you

The University has changed the way we charge tuition fees for undergraduate fee-paying students, including international students.

From 2017 the University will charge a single annual course fee (reviewed each year), instead of setting fees based on the units of study you choose.

This new method makes it easy for you and your parents/guardians to understand the potential financial commitment for each year of study.

If you are a combined or double degree student, you will pay one or more course fees, depending on which program you have chosen (details below).

These changes will not affect the following students:

  • Commonwealth supported students enrolled in a single undergraduate degree, combined or double degrees
  • domestic postgraduate fee-paying students enrolled in a single degree.

Students who are affected

Undergraduate fee-paying students

If you are starting or continuing a single undergraduate degree in 2017, for example, as an international student, the University will calculate your tuition fees based on an annual course fee that is subject to increase each year.

Fees are no longer based on the units of study you select during enrolment.

Once you have enrolled, annual fees are based on an equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) of 24 credit points per semester or 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) per year. If your study load in any calendar year is more or less than 1.0 EFTSL your tuition fee will differ.

Combined and double degree students

If you are starting or continuing a combined or double degree in 2017 as a fee-paying student, we will calculate your tuition fees in one of two different ways:

  1. For combined programs where, for example, you are studying two undergraduate degrees from different faculties side by side (such as a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Science) the University will charge you a single annual course fee that is subject to increase each year. Fees are no longer based on the units of study you select during enrolment.

    Once you have enrolled, annual fees are based on an equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) of 24 credit points per semester or 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) per year. If your study load in any calendar year is more or less than 1.0 EFTSL your tuition fee will differ.

  2. The University calculates your fees differently if you are studying a combined or double degree that has two separate qualifications completed in succession. In these programs you commence in one degree then transfer to the second degree to complete the remainder of your studies (if you meet certain criteria).

For these degrees, you will pay the course fee for each individual program of study. For example, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics or the Bachelor of Design in Architecture and Master of Architecture will pay one fee for the undergraduate course and another fee for the postgraduate course. International and domestic fee-paying students will pay higher fees for the postgraduate degree.

Some combined degree courses also have a price difference between the undergraduate and postgraduate degree. When you are calculating the likely total cost of your course please factor in this price difference carefully.

The Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is calculated differently to other combined programs. 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 because study during those years is equivalent to the graduate-entry DVM.

Both tuition fees are subject to annual increases for each year of your study.

Students who are not affected

Domestic students – undergraduate (Commonwealth supported)

If you are a Commonwealth supported student starting or continuing with a single undergraduate degree, a combined degree or a double degree, these changes will not affect you. The University will continue to set fees based on the units of study you choose. The exact student contribution amount you will pay depends on the calendar year in which you undertake your study and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

This amount is subject to an annual increase for each year of your study (subject to an Australian Government-specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate students (coursework and research)

If you are starting or continuing with a single postgraduate degree (eg, a master’s degree, graduate diploma or graduate certificate), nothing will change. The University still charges tuition fees for single postgraduate coursework degrees based on an annual course fee that is subject to increase each year.

Domestic higher degree by research students are still covered by the Research Training Scheme if they wish to undertake an additional unit of study as part of their research.

Additional information

Annual fees review

All tuition fees are subject to an annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year. Find out more about tuition fees and other costs in general.

Where to find your exact fees

Your Student Financial Statement will show the exact fees you will need to pay for any given semester (or research period). The statement will be generated and available in Sydney Student within 24 hours after you enrol.

Residency status change

If you originally enrolled as an international fee-paying student and your residency status changes – you move into a domestic fee-paying place before the relevant census date – your tuition fees will change. Our Compliance Officers can assist you with this process.

Financial assistance

The University offers numerous forms of financial assistance for students facing financial hardship. If you’d like to seek support as a result of these changes you can contact our Financial Support Service team on +61 2 8627 4809, or via email.

More information?

If you are still unsure about how these changes might affect you, or have further questions, please read the FAQs.

Or you can call our enquiries team on 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864 – within Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia) or make an online enquiry.

Please note that this service is for enquiries only.

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