Tuition fees depend on the course you enrol in, and the type of place you are offered: a domestic fee-paying place, or a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).
Commonwealth supported place If you’re offered a CSP the Australian Government subsidises the cost of your course. You will pay the remainder, known as the student contribution amount (SCA).
Domestic fee-paying place A domestic fee-paying place requires you to pay the full cost of the course.
How do I know if I am a domestic fee-paying or Commonwealth supported student?
At postgraduate level, most courses will only have domestic fee-paying places available. The course costing tool will show you if your course offers Commonwealth support, but be aware these places are limited.
If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place for your postgraduate course, this will be stated in your letter of offer.
Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)
If you are an eligible domestic student, you will have the option to defer payment of your fees through the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP). This means the balance of your tuition fees or student contribution amount is recorded as a debt against your tax file number.
You won’t need to start making repayments until you are earning the minimum repayment threshold ($55,874 in 2018). You will then start paying it back as a percentage of your wage (between four to eight per cent of your annual income).
Currently, HELP loans are available to Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand special category visa holders who meet the long term residency requirements. There is no financial assessment to access a HELP loan.
Please refer to the following links for more information on eligibility:
When you receive an offer to study at ACU you will be directed to our online system, Student Connect.
When you accept your offer, Commonwealth supported students will complete a Request for Commonwealth Assistance form. As part of this form, eligible students will be given the option to also request HECS-HELP, by providing their tax file number.
Domestic fee-paying students will also have the option to complete a Request for FEE-HELP form. You must provide a valid tax file number in order to access FEE-HELP.
If you did not register for HELP at the time of accepting your offer you can go back to Student Connect and register any time prior to the census date of the relevant study period. Forms completed after census date will not take effect until the next study period.
Paying your fees
Fees are charged at the beginning of each study period, based on your enrolment in that period. You will be sent an invoice to your student email account, detailing the amount you need to pay and payment will be due within the first or second week.
If you have a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, your fees will be deferred automatically. You will make repayments to your HELP loan through the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), not through ACU. You can track the balance of your HELP debt by logging into the MyGov portal online.
If you’re paying upfront, you will have the option to pay your fees via BPay, or using your credit card online through your ACU Student Connect account.
Make sure you pay your fees by the due date listed on your invoice – otherwise you can be charged late fees, and may even have your enrolment cancelled.
Got a question?
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You can also find more information about FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP on the Study Assist website.
Interested in a research degree?
If you want to study a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), please visit ACU Research for further information on costs and the application process.