Costs and fees

Uni costs include the contribution you need to pay towards the overall cost of your course, a compulsory administration fee, money for textbooks and equipment, and living expenses.

Course costs

If you’re an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen and you’ve been accepted into an undergraduate degree, you’ll be offered a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP). This means the government subsidises your course fees and you only need to pay for part of your tuition – known as the ‘student contribution amount’.

Your fees for each subject are determined by their contribution band and these rates change each year. Use our fee calculator for detailed information based on each of your subjects or for a general estimate, search for your course.

Paying your student contribution

Most students don’t need to pay their student contribution amount up front. If you’re an Australian citizen, or eligible under other conditions, your payment will be deferred under the HECS-HELP scheme. HECS-HELP is a government loan that you don’t need to repay until your income reaches a certain level.

If you do not wish to defer your payment you can pay for all of your course fees upfront, or pay for some and take out a HECS-HELP loan for the remainder.

More information on CSP, HECS-HELP and contribution bands.

Student services and amenities fee

You’ll have to pay a small amenities fee each year which contributes to student services, facilities, and amenities at your campus. This can be paid upfront, or eligible students can defer payment under the SA-HELP scheme.

See the Student Services and Amenities Fee page for more information.

Other expenses

Some other expenses you may need to plan for are:

  • textbooks and study materials
  • accommodation (if you’ll be living away from home)
  • living expenses
  • transport to and from uni.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance is available to students in the form of loans, grants and emergency aid.

Find out more about Financial support available.

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