Fees & scholarships
Your fees explained
Domestic applicants with a weighted average of at least 75% are eligible to be considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP).
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.
You are strongly encouraged to check whether you may be eligible for Graduate Access Melbourne, the University’s special entry and access scheme for graduate students.
Other scholarships and prizes
- Faculty of Science Awards, Prizes and Scholarships for currently enrolled students
- University scholarships for graduate domestic students
If you are an Australian Fee-paying student, you may be eligible for a FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Government to help manage payment of your tuition fees. If you are eligible, you can defer all or part of your tuition fees via a government loan, which you repay when your income reaches the minimum repayment threshold. You can also nominate to make voluntary repayments of your FEE-HELP loan at any time. FEE-HELP is nominated during the online enrolment process for your course.
If you are an Australian citizen or permanent humanitarian visa holder with a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) you may be eligible for HECS-HELP. If you are eligible, you can defer all or part of your tuition fees via a government loan, which you repay when your income reaches the minimum repayment threshold. While you will still be sent a Student Invoice each semester, you will not have to pay any fees upfront. The HECS-HELP scheme also provides a student discount for your subject costs. If you choose not to use a HECS-HELP loan you can access the HECS-HELP discount by making any upfront payment of $500 or more
- Financial Aid and Planning
Student Support (Financial Aid) provides student loans, advice and advocacy around Government student payments, grants based on financial need (including housing/rent assistance grants) and welfare support. You can access this service once you are an enrolled student by making an appointment to speak with a specialist staff member.
You may also be eligible to apply for income support via Australian Government payment schemes, such as Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY.