Costs

Australian students

Undergraduate

As an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, you'll be offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for your undergraduate degree. This means you pay part of the cost of your degree and the Government pays the rest. The good news is that you don't have to pay any of this upfront (if you're an Australian citizen or permanent humanitarian visa holder).

Find out more about student contribution rates and CSP eligibility.

Each year, you'll have to to pay a small amenities fee. You should also plan for expenses like textbooks, accommodation, and transport to campus. Remember you can apply for financial assistance.

Paying your student contribution


HECS-HELP loans

With a HECS-HELP loan, you start paying for your course through tax deductions when your income reaches a certain level. These earnings threshold levels are set by the Government.

Upfront payment

You can pay your entire course cost upfront, or pay for some and take out a HECS-HELP loan for the remainder.

Payments over $500 receive a 10 per cent discount. For example, if you choose to pay $1,000 off your course at the start of semester, you receive a $100 discount off the remaining amount.

If you are a New Zealand citizen or hold an Australian permanent resident visa (other than a permanent humanitarian visa), you are not eligible for HECS-HELP loans and must pay your student contribution up-front each semester, without discount.

How much will my course cost?

Search for your course to see how much it will cost, and use our fee calculator to get detailed information based on each subject.

As a student with a Commonwealth Supported Place, you are placed in a contribution band that sets roughly how much your course will cost per year. If you take some subjects from other contribution bands, the cost of your course will change. The rates change each year - find your contribution band.

Example of how contribution bands work

A Bachelor of Science student would take mostly science subjects from Band 2. However, this student might also take electives from disciplines in Band 3, which are more expensive. This means their annual student contribution could be higher than the average Band 2 course cost.

Scholarships

A scholarship is a great way to highlight your academic ability and get help paying for your studies. We offer a range of scholarships based on criteria including your area of study, campus, and personal circumstances.

Postgraduate

Most postgraduate courses have course-based tuition fees and are either fee-paying (known as an 'Australian fee-place') or subsidised by the Commonwealth Government (known as a 'Commonwealth Supported Place' or 'CSP').

Search for your course to see how much it will cost, and use our fee calculator to get detailed information based on each subject.

Australian fee-places

In an Australian fee-paying course you pay the full cost of your course. You may be eligible to take out a government loan (FEE-HELP). To be eligible for FEE-HELP loans, you must be one of the following:

  • an Australian citizen
  • the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa*
  • the holder of an Australian permanent visa who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals*.

* You must also reside in Australia for the duration of your study.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

If you are offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), this means you pay part of the cost of your degree and the Government pays the rest. Find out more about student contribution rates and CSP eligibility.

If you are an Australian citizen or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, you can either:

  • Defer your student contribution and pay it back through a HECS-HELP loan (which you pay back through tax deductions when your income reaches a certain level).
  • Pay some of your course upfront and take a HECS-HELP loan for the remainder. Payments you make over $500 will receive a 10% discount, so if you choose to pay $1,000 off your course at the start of semester, you receive a $100 discount.

Tax benefits

If there is a direct connection between your postgraduate course and your current job, you may be entitled to an income tax deduction for tuition fees and related expenses. Contact the Australian Taxation Office for more information.

Financial support

Student income support

Students enrolled in postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for Student Income Support from the Commonwealth Government.

Student loans

La Trobe provides a Student Loan Fund to support students in financial need.

Scholarships

A scholarship is a great way to highlight your academic ability and get help paying for your studies. We offer a range of scholarships based on criteria including your area of study, campus, and personal circumstances.

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