If you enrol in a domestic full-fee place, you are considered to be a full-fee paying student.

This means that your tuition fees are not subsidised by the Australian Government. You will need to pay the full amount for all units you are enrolled in before the relevant census date for each study period.

Calculating your fees

Course pages display all of the units that make up your course, including core, professional and elective units.

The amount you pay for your course is the sum of the full-fee amount for the units you are enrolled in.

Download a list of all 2019 higher education units and fees for domestic students including EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) and full-fee amount.

How to calculate the cost of your unit

Different study areas are grouped into several bands by the Government for full-fee paying students. The bands set the maximum amount that can be charged for units on a full-time study load.

When calculating your student contribution, the amount you pay will depend on the:

  • band that each unit fits into (as they are not always the same, such as when enrolling in electives)
  • weight of the unit (EFTSL)
  • year (since the band amounts are indexed (increased) annually).

EFTSL stands for "Equivalent Full-Time Student Load" and is a measure of the study load for one year of a student undertaking a course on a full-time basis. A single unit normally has 12 credit points which is equivalent to 0.125.

Your tuition fee for a unit of study is calculated as:

EFTSL value x band range = tuition fee for that unit rounded down to the nearest dollar.

Example for 2019

Type of place


Credit points


Fee band per EFTSL

Tuition fee

Full Fee EPM5500 – Fundamentals of project management 12 0.125 3 - $25,200 $3,150


Getting HELP with your fees

Eligible students enrolled in a full-fee paying place may be able to get help paying their fees through the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), administered by the Government.

There are HELP loans available to assist you with the cost of your course.


FEE-HELP is a loan scheme to help eligible domestic full-fee paying students pay for all or part of their tuition fees. It cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books. The total amount of FEE‑HELP a person can use is known as the ‘FEE‑HELP limit.’

Once you start using FEE‑HELP, the amount of FEE‑HELP you have left to use is known as your ‘FEE‑HELP balance,’ which you can check on your Commonwealth Assistance Notice.

Read more about FEE-HELP and how to apply on the StudyAssist website.

VU Polytechnic students should see our information on VET Students Loans.

Borrowing limits

For 2019, eligible students can borrow up to the FEE‑HELP limit to pay their tuition fees. The FEE‑HELP loan limit is $104,440 for most students.

This is a lifetime limit and is not reset or ‘topped up’ by any repayments that you make. The FEE‑HELP limit is the total amount available to eligible students under both the FEE‑HELP and VET Student Loans schemes. Any amount you borrow under either FEE‑HELP or VET Student Loans will reduce your FEE‑HELP or VET Student Loan balance until you have reached the FEE‑HELP limit.

Further assistance & advice

There are many ways we can help if you need support paying your fees, including with a fee extension, student loan or scholarship.

We also provide free and confidential advice if you experience personal, financial or study-related difficulties.

Contact us

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Phone: +61 3 9919 6100
Visit: Student Service Centre