Diploma in General Studies

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Your fees explained

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What fees will I pay?

As a domestic undergraduate student, you will enrol in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), which is 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.

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

Student Service and Amenities Fee (SSAF) funds are used to provide a wide range of services and amenities for students, and to support student-focused initiatives.

Generally, all students who are enrolled in 12.5 points (usually 1 subject or 0.125 EFTSL) study load or greater across the calendar year pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

SA-HELP, a government funded loan scheme, is available to help eligible students pay all or part of their SSAF.

The Government’s Study Assist website provides more information about Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and SA-HELP.

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

In addition to University scholarships, there are a range of faculty scholarships available. In many cases, you are automatically considered for scholarships when you apply for the degree.

Destination Australia Scholarships

The Destination Australia Scholarships provide students with the opportunity to experience exceptional study programs in a regional area by offering 19 one-year scholarships, at the value of $15,000 each, to Diploma in General Studies students.

Read more about Destination Australia Scholarships

Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship

This scholarship is not available to Diploma in General Studies students.

Diploma in General Studies Scholarships

The Diploma in General Studies scholarships support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to make the transition to university.

In 2022, the University of Melbourne will be offering 19 one-year Destination Australia scholarships, each worth $15,000, to attract and support domestic students to study in regional Australia.