Can I afford it?
You will be required to pay fees to attend university. To help with fee costs, you can combine your studies with full or part-time work, as well as apply for financial assistance.
Student fee assistance:
- HECS-HELP is a loan program to help eligible Commonwealth-supported students to pay the student contribution portion of their fees. Students start repaying the loan once their income reaches a certain amount. Visit the Study Assist website.
- SA-HELP is available to assist eligible students with paying their Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Visit the Study Assist website.
- FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee paying students to pay all or part of their tuition fees. Visit the Study Assist website.
- ABSTUDY is a payment made to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to provide support to students and Australian apprentices to improve access and participation in secondary and tertiary education and training. Visit the ABSTUDY website.
- Austudy is a means-tested payment for full-time students and Australian apprentices aged 25 years and over. Visit the Austudy website.
There will be other expenses on top of your student fees associated with your course of study. These vary, but may include:
- text books
- medical checks
- specialised equipment (eg, stethoscopes for nursing students).
Attending university may also incur various living expenses. These include:
There is financial assistance available for eligible students to help with these expenses, including:
- Youth Allowance (student) is a means-tested payment for full-time students and Australian apprentices aged 16 to 24. Visit the Youth Allowance website.
- Rent Assistance is a payment by the Federal government to eligible individuals to help with rent. It gives extra assistance if you have a low income and rent accommodation, generally in the private rental market. Visit the Rent Assistance website.
- Fares Allowance is a payment for eligible tertiary students to cover the travel costs associated with their study if they need to live away from home to undertake that study. Fares Allowance is available to recipients of ABSTUDY, Austudy, Youth Allowance (student) and the Pensioner Education Supplement. Visit the Fares Allowance website.
- ACU Student Loan Scheme makes a loan available to students who demonstrate a genuine need for assistance. Visit the Student Loan Scheme website.
- ACU scholarships are always worth looking into. A wide range of scholarships reward uni students for more than just outstanding academic achievement. Visit the ACU scholarships website.