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Juris Doctor

  • CRICOS Code: 073303C

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Fee categories for 2020

  1. 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.

  2. Australian Fee Place with JD Bursary

    Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand citizens are eligible for an Australian Fee Place and will automatically be considered for a JD Bursary. Students who are awarded a JD Bursary will receive an amount of fee remission from the full course fee.

    Australian citizens are eligible for FEE-HELP, a Government loan scheme which allows most of the course fees to be deferred. The FEE-HELP loan scheme will be replaced by a new combined HELP loan limit from 1 January 2020.

    For students who choose to defer course fee payments under HELP, the JD Bursary aims to be sufficient to cover, or minimise, the gap between a Fee Place in the JD and the amount that a student may wish to defer to HELP. The 2020 JD Bursary amount is anticipated to be $17,800 (based on the indicative total course fee), applied as a fee remission over the three year degree. From 2021 the JD Bursary will be expanded, read more about these changes on the Melbourne Law School website.

    Bursaries are awarded based on academic achievement, access and equity grounds under the Graduate Access Melbourne program, or a combination of both.

    Please note: If you have previously accessed FEE-HELP, there may be a gap between the amount you can access through HELP and the total Melbourne JD course fee minus the JD Bursary. For more information on the new combined HELP loan limit commencing 1 January 2020, refer to the current FEE-HELP and new combined HELP loan limit pages on the Government’s Study Assist website. Individuals are responsible for managing their own funding arrangements and we encourage you to consult the additional fee information and assistance available.

  3. Australian Fee Place

    Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand citizens are eligible for an Australian Fee Place. Students who receive an Australian Fee Place will incur the full course fee.

    Australian citizens are eligible for FEE-HELP, a Government loan scheme which allows most of the course fees to be deferred. The FEE-HELP loan scheme will be replaced by a new combined HELP loan limit from 1 January 2020.

    Please note: There is anticipated to be a gap of approximately $17,800 between the amount you can access through HELP and the Melbourne JD indicative total course fee. If you have previously accessed FEE-HELP, this gap may be higher. For more information on the new combined HELP loan limit commencing 1 January 2020, refer to the current FEE-HELP and new combined HELP loan limit pages on the Government’s Study Assist website. Individuals are responsible for managing their own funding arrangements and we encourage you to consult the additional fee information and assistance available.

  4. International Fee Place

    International students are eligible for an International Fee Place. Students who receive an International Fee Place will incur the full course fee.

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

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

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.

Scholarships

Over 250 Scholarships available

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