Fee extensions

We understand that there may be times when you may experience financial difficulties and are unable to pay your fees by the due date. In this situation, you may be eligible to apply for an extension of time.

Higher education (HE) fee extensions

HE students eligible for fee extension

The following Higher Education students are eligible for a fee extension:

  • International students
  • Domestic students who are not eligible to defer their fees via HELP loan (Permanent Residents or New Zealand citizens).

HE students not eligible for fee extension

The following Higher Education students are not eligible for a fee extension:

  • Domestic students who are eligible to defer their fees via HELP loan (Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian or New Zealand citizens SCV holder)
  • Students enrolled in non-award courses and cross institutional study
  • Summer or Winter enrolments.

Fee extensions process for HE students

Pay 50% of your total fees by the due date to get an extension to census date. Once you make your payment, you will need to contact us in order to get the extension.

For international students enrolled in First Year Model, you are required to pay 50% by the due date to get an extension to:

  • Semester 1 (Blocks 1-4): 23 March 2018
  • Semester 2 (Blocks 1-4): 17 August 2018

If you cannot meet the extended payment due date, you may be eligible for an additional extension if you meet the criteria defined under Exceptional circumstances as outlined on this page.

VE/TAFE fee extensions

VE/TAFE students eligible for fee extension

The following VE/TAFE students are eligible for fee extension:

  • International students (enrolled in either Certificate I-IV or Diploma and above)
  • VE/TAFE Certificate I-IV.

VE/TAFE students not eligible for fee extension

The following VE/TAFE students are not eligible for fee extension:

  • VE/TAFE students enrolled in a Diploma & above. If you are one of these students you'll need to pay your fees by the due date or defer by census date. Alternatively, you may be eligible to apply for a payment plan.

Fee extension types

There are three types of fee extensions – A, B and a third for exceptional circumstances as outlined on this page. You will need to apply for a fee extension by the payment due date on your statement of account. Fee extensions are applied from the payment due date.

Fee Extension A

Pay $100 plus material fees by the payment due date on your statement of account to be eligible for a 3 week extension.

Fee Extension B

Pay 50% of your total fees before the payment due date specified on your statement of account to receive up to a further 8 week extension. Once you make your payment, you will need to contact us in order to get the extension.

If you cannot meet the extended payment due date, you may be eligible for an additional extension if you meet the criteria defined under exceptional circumstances as outlined on this page. 

Exceptional circumstances

If you cannot meet the extended payment due date, you may be eligible for an additional extension if you meet the criteria defined under exceptional circumstances. To determine your eligibility, download Fee Extension C information for eligible students ( ).

Exceptional circumstances may include: 

  • banking/postal delay
  • currency issues
  • sponsor problems
  • University administrative errors
  • batural /political / economic disaster.

Students eligible for exceptional circumstance fee extension

  • International students
  • domestic postgraduate students who are not eligible to defer (Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens)
  • domestic VE/TAFE students studying Certificate I-IV.

Apply for exceptional circumstance fee extension

Check that you are eligible for an exceptional circumstance extension before you apply.

To apply, you are required to attend an interview with Student Support. You can book an appointment online or call +61 3 9919 6100.

Before you attend your interview with Student Support:

Apply for a fee extension

If you meet the criteria for a fee extension, you will need to apply by the due date on your invoice.

You can apply for a fee extension:

*Except for exceptional circumstances, see section on this page that explains more about the process.

Contact us

Ask questions & find answers through AskVU.

Student Support may be able to provide further financial assistance and advice in certain circumstances.

Phone: +61 3 9919 6100

Visit: VUHQ (Student Service Centre).