Juris Doctor

  • CRICOS Code: 073303C

Fees & scholarships

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2019 Fees

Fee typeFees for 2019
(8 subjects)
Indicative total course fee
(3 year course)
Government Loan Scheme

Australian Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand citizens are automatically considered for a CSP when they submit their application for the Melbourne JD.

Melbourne Law School awards a substantial number of CSPs with a minimum of 20% awarded on access and equity grounds under the Graduate Access Melbourne program. The remaining CSPs are awarded based on academic achievement.


Australian citizens are eligible for HECS-HELP, a loan scheme which allows payments to be deferred.

If using HECS-HELP, upfront payments are optional.

Australian Fee Place


Australian citizens are eligible for FEE-HELP, a loan scheme which allows most of the course payment costs to be deferred.

Please note, there is currently a gap between the amount you can access through FEE-HELP and the cost of the Melbourne JD.

If using FEE-HELP, approximately $16,8902 to pay throughout degree.

Australian Fee Place plus JD Bursary

The JD Bursary provides a student with fee relief to assist with the gap between the full cost of the course and the amount that can be deferred to the FEE-HELP Government Loan Scheme.

Bursaries are awarded based on financial need, academic achievement or a combination of both.

Australian Fee Place amount minus JD Bursary amount

2019 Bursary: $14,100 for 3 years

$124,487 minus JD Bursary amount

Australian citizens are eligible for FEE-HELP, a loan scheme which allows most of the course payment costs to be deferred.

If you have not previously used FEE-HELP, the JD Bursary is expected to be largely sufficient to cover the gap between the full cost of JD and the amount that can be deferred to FEE-HELP. In that situation, upfront payments are optional.

International Fee Place

$40,256$124,487Not applicable

1Based on an expected 1.5% increase each year on the 2019 CSP student contribution amounts.

2Based on an expected 1.5% increase each year on the FEE-HELP limit.

Higher Education Reforms

Updated 17 August 2018

The Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Bill was recently passed by Parliament and contains a number of changes to student fee arrangements, including:

From 1 July 2019, revised repayment income thresholds under the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) will apply. The new minimum threshold is $45,881 with a 1 per cent repayment rate and a maximum threshold of $134,573 with a 10 per cent repayment rate. The minimum threshold for the 2018/19 income year is $51,957.

From 1 January 2020, a combined renewable lifetime limit will apply for all tuition fee assistance under HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans of $104,440 for most students and $150,000 for students undertaking medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses. The combined limit will only include HECS-HELP debts incurred from 1 January 2020. Any historical HECS-HELP lending for study prior to this date will not count towards the combined limit.

It is important to note that the new lending limits will not apply immediately and not all students will be affected. The University is exploring ways to assist students who may be affected by the loan limits in the future, including through scholarships and bursaries.

Further information on Study Assist FEE-HELP.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place for your graduate course, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. You’ll still need to pay a student contribution amount. This fee is organised in bands based on the discipline area of the subjects that you take, not the course you are studying. The discipline fees are set each year by the Australian Government.

You can pay your student contribution amount to the University when you enrol (upfront), or you can defer this cost through the Australian Government’s Higher Education Loan Program (HECS-HELP) if you’re eligible.


HECS-HELP is the Australian Government’s Higher Education Loan Program. It enables you to borrow the amount of your student contribution and then pay that loan back once you are in the workforce and earning at a specified level. A HECS-HELP loan is not means tested. HECS-HELP is available to eligible Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders who are enrolled in a CSP.

Australian Fee Places

When you apply, you will automatically be considered for an Australian fee place if you meet course entry requirements. You’ll pay tuition fees for each year that you are enrolled, fees may be adjusted each year.

Tuition fees are calculated according to your course and study load each semester. You can defer payment of your fees via the Australian Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme if you are eligible. If your course is relevant to your current employment, you may be able to claim fees as a work-related tax deduction.


FEE-HELP can cover all or part of your tuition fees. The Australian Government pays the amount of the loan direct to the University. It enables you to borrow the amount of your tuition fees and then pay that loan back once you are in the workforce and earning at a specified level or you can make voluntary repayments to the ATO at any time.

FEE-HELP is not means tested and there is no loan fee for graduate study. If you already have a HECS-HELP loan from your undergraduate studies, you can still access a FEE-HELP loan. No interest is charged on your FEE-HELP loan, however, it is indexed each year with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in line with the cost of living.

The Government’s Study Assist website provides more information about Australian fee places, Commonwealth Supported Place and HELP Loans.

Other financial assistance

The University's Student Financial Aid Service can provide you with advice and information on student loans and bursaries/grants, cost of living, budgeting and tax advice.


Find a scholarship that's right for you

There are a number of options available to help Melbourne JD students finance their studies, including scholarships, financial aid programs and loan schemes such as FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP.

Melbourne Law School offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that recognise outstanding academic achievement and provide support to students in financial need.

More information on Melbourne Law School scholarships