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Fees & Payments at Colleges & Universities

Every university and college has fees. Some of these are set, others are flexible depending on the college, university course. In universities, these include the following :

  • Tuition Fees for every subject taken.
  • A General Service Fee by whatever name. All students pay this. A lesser fee may apply if you study by distance education as some costs may be excluded.
  • Residential Fees, where accommodation is available and used by you. This may not be done through the university directly, depending on the residential structure, e.g. residency in a private college.
  • There is a significant fee variation between students who enter university through the Australian system of going from secondary school to university via the normal placement process, or those who enter university as full fee paying students, often from overseas.
  • There is the opportunity to offset fees until you enter the workforce and reach a specified level of income. Details of this can be found at HELP Paying My Fees [Study Assist] and also at Studying and Student Debt - which includes HELP, HECS-HELP and Student Financial Supplement Scheme [SFSS] information for Taxpayers. See links on the side menu to access further detail.
  • While not exactly classified as a fee, there will be compulsory, as well as recommended, texts and on occasions, practical work [such as field studies], residential courses for Distance Education students and other general resources. These constitute a significant, essential outlay.
  • There will also be payments if you are involved in many of the various on-campus activities available. These include sporting involvement, dramatic or musical activities, various clubs, … .
  • Contact the university you plan to attend and ensure an exact knowledge of what fees are involved; what level these are; gain an idea of additional financial requirements for particular subjects you plan to take; closing date[s] for payment of these. This can be done in one of the following ways.
  • by visiting their web site as listed on the Universities pages and finding the relevant sections on their site;
  • by visiting the college or university concerned and discussing this with them at an open day or by appointment;
  • by gaining a copy of the Handbook which will usually provide some details;
  • a combination of the above.
  • Do not leave it until Orientation unless you want a severe shock.
  • If attending a college, our advice is to contact the college direct or via their web site, some of which are listed on the Universities pages.
  • Each course will have a specific fee. In private colleges this may include the cost of resources such as texts, other compulsory components, software, etc.. There is no standard scale of fees.
  • In this instance, you need to take into account the reputation of the college, if it is a formally recognised provider, the specifics of the course being offered, how this compares to other suppliers of the same course, any additional costs to be incurred and any other relevant factors, when deciding if the fee being sought by them for the course you wish to attend is a fair and reasonable one or whether a similar institution with a lower fee structure and a sound course will satisfy your needs now and in the future.
  • You have to make this decision, so any fees paid must provide you with value.

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