International course fees FAQs

Fee Scams—never pay tuition fees to a third party

There have been reports of University students in Australia being victims of fee scams. The scam involves someone recommending a third party who provides a fee discount – presumably on the assumption that fees are negotiable and the third party can bargain hard.

Students are advised to pay their fees less a discount to the third party. Following this payment, the student receives receipts of fee payment made to their institution by credit card and their student statement of account shows their fees have been paid. However their fees are paid on a stolen credit card, the cardholder then disputes the payment, and the payment is then reversed. The student then has a debt from the fee department at University as their fees are still owing, and they have lost the cash they paid to the third party. The third party then disappears and students are in significant debt. This has caused significant distress to the students who believed they were getting a good deal.

La Trobe University does not provide fee discounts to any third party, so please pay your fees directly to the university.

For more information on scams please visit this link.

When are my fees due?

Your fees must be paid by the payment due date for each subject issued on your statement of account. The statement of account is sent throughout the year to your student email account and is available in StudentOnLine on the 'Documents' page under the 'Personal' tab. The statement of account shows all the payment options available.

What happens if I don't pay my fees by the due date?

You must pay your fees by the due date. Reminder notices and Final notices will be sent to you. Sanctions will be imposed to restrict services and a late payment fee may also be charged, see

Cancellation notices will be issued immediately after the census date.

What are sanctions?

Sanctions are imposed when fees are overdue. Sanctions restrict services and prevent your access to StudentOnLine to vary your enrolment, and access results and transcripts. Sanctions may interrupt access to the Learning Management System and student email. Sanctions are lifted automatically when all overdue fees are paid.

When will my enrolment be cancelled and how will I be notified?

Immediately after the census date, if you have overdue fees a cancellation notice will be sent to you. This notice details the actions required and allows for 20 days to appeal the cancellation process. Appeals must be submitted to ASK La Trobe.

To revive your enrolment after cancellation, you need to pay all overdue and revival fees. For further information, see:

A completed Revival of Enrolment form with payment receipts will need to be submitted to La Trobe International office in person or by email on

How do I appeal my cancellation of enrolment?

If you wish to appeal the decision to cancel your enrolment, you have 20 working days from the date of the cancellation letter to submit a written application to ASK La Trobe. You must describe your reasons for your appeal.

An appeal may only be considered:

  • if you feel there were errors in the process
  • if you have new information about circumstances that have contributed to your inability to pay your tuition fees by the specified date(s). These circumstances are generally those that are beyond your control and have an impact on your course progress or wellbeing. You must provide evidence of these reasons with supporting documentation.

Can I have a payment plan?

We do not offer payment plans under normal circumstances. If you are having problems paying in one lump sum by the due date, you are welcome to pay your fees in smaller amounts, ensuring your fees are paid in full by the census date to avoid cancellation of your enrolment. If you are not able to pay your fees by the census date, you may be eligible for a payment plan if you have genuine compassionate and compelling grounds and can provide documentation.

Payment plans are granted on a case-by-case basis and are at the discretion of the University.

Payment plans will not be granted in the following circumstances:

  • If you are a new commencing student
  • If you have been granted a previous fee extension/payment plan during the duration of your current enrolled course or previously enrolled courses
  • Poor payment history – more than one FO3 sanctions imposed on your account due to overdue fees.
  • Enrolment previously terminated and revived

Please see staff at La Trobe International Student Services for advice if you are eligible.

What if I cannot pay my fees?

If you cannot pay your fees at all, you must contact La Trobe International Student Services to discuss your options.

How do I pay from an overseas bank?

Please note that all payment details are contained in your Offer Acceptance Form, which you receive with your offer. If you experience any difficulty with making a payment, please contact La Trobe International at for further assistance.