Your fee amount will depend on your course choice and placement offer. But don't worry: our fees are transparent, paying is straightforward and we're on hand to help you every step of the way.

What we mean by domestic fees

First, confirm you’re a domestic student

You pay domestic fees if you’re one of the following:

  • Australian citizen
  • Australian permanent resident
  • Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • New Zealand citizen.

If you’re studying with us on an international visa, you’re considered an international student and must pay international fees.

Visit our international student fees page to learn more

How your fees add up

Your tuition fees will be based on the following factors:

  • course type (eg undergraduate, postgraduate coursework)
  • individual unit costs (eg Midwifery Foundations, Painting)
  • placement offer type (eg domestic fee-paying, Commonwealth supported)

These fees are for tuition only. They don’t include additional expenses such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee, textbooks, materials and equipment, or living costs.

Before you go places, know your placement

Undergraduate study

If your undergraduate application is successful, we’ll offer you a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).

In a CSP, the Australian Government subsidises the cost of your course. You’ll pay the remainder, known as the student contribution amount.

The amount you pay may depend on when you started your course. From 1 January 2021, there will be changes to the student contribution amounts for commencing and continuing students.

To learn more about these changes and what you may expect to pay, visit Job-ready Graduates Package.

Postgraduate coursework study

If your postgraduate coursework application is successful, you’ll either be offered a domestic fee-paying place (DFP) or a Commonwelth supported place (CSP).

Many postgraduate coursework degrees only have DFP places available. We don’t receive any government funding for these placements.

Some postgraduate coursework degrees have Commonwealth supported places available. You can check CSP availability using our course costing tool – but be aware that it will only show the total number of available places, not how many are left.CSPs are only available to eligible domestic students, with a limited amount of CSPs available per course.

View our postgraduate commonwealth supported course listing

Go to our course costing tool

Research courses

If you’re accepted into a postgraduate research course, you’ll be offered the Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset Scholarship from the Australian Government.

This scholarship covers the cost of your course for the minimum duration.

The offset applies to the following courses:

  • masters by research
  • doctoral degrees.

More information about the offset, including scholarship stipends and allowances, can be found on the RTP Scholarships page.

Visit the RTP Scholarships page

Get across your costs

Course costs

Find the specific cost of your preferred coursework degree, as well as the availability of Commonwealth supported places in postgraduate courses, with our course costing tool.

Use our course costing tool

Unit costs

You can check the costs of individual units for the current year using our unit costs database. Before you start, make sure you know the specific unit codes.

View unit costs

Other fees and costs

Learn about the other fees you’ll need to pay during your studies, including the Student Services and Amenities Fee, which we invest back into you.

Understand other fees and costs

Postgraduate alumni rebate

Build your future and save money at the same time. We’re pleased to offer a postgraduate alumni rebate to students about to graduate, domestic graduates and alumni.

The rebate is a 10% reimbursement on full fee-paying courses. To claim the rebate, you must not have received any other subsidies or scholarships during your studies.

Learn more about the postgraduate alumni rebate and apply

Manage your money

Finance your fees

Fees don’t need to be a barrier. You might be eligible for a range of government loans and allowances, including FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP.

Learn about financing your fees

Understand the payment process

If you have selected to defer your fees to the ATO using HECS-HELP, you can make upfront payment/s on or prior to census date. If the payments made total $500 or more this will attributed to your fees and your remaining HECS-HELP balance will be deferred to the ATO.

If you are eligible for HECS-HELP but have selected to pay all your fees upfront to ACU, you will receive an invoice reflecting the amount to be paid upfront by the payment due date.

Find out about our payment options and in what circumstances you may be eligible for a refund.

Read about payments and refunds

Student accommodation

Fees do not include living costs. If you reside in our off-campus student accommodation, you’ll need to pay for these services separately.

View student accommodation options

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