If you have doubts about whether or not you would be able to cover the cost of study, there are many ways we can help.

We offer a wide range of assistance, referrals and advice to help you manage your finances while studying.

Extended payment deadlines

If you are unable to pay your fees by the due date, we have a few options that give you extra time to make any required payments toward your study. If eligible, you may be able to:

  • request a fee extension, especially if you are experiencing financial hardship or other difficulties (such as medical, family/personal, employment or course-related)
  • pay your Student Services & Amenities Fee in instalments with our Payment Plan Option (TAFE students).

HELP loans

The Government administers the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) which consists of five HELP loan schemes to assist you with paying your tuition fees. The right loan for you will depend on your circumstances, eligibility and where you want to study.

The types of loans you may be able to access depend on whether or not you are a Commonwealth supported student or a full-fee paying student.

New Zealand citizens may also be able to access a HELP loan if you hold a Special Category Visa. See the Higher Education Loan Program page for more details.

Additional funds

  • A student loan may help you with the cost of purchasing books, computers & course related materials.
  • Consider applying for a scholarship. We offer a wide range of scholarships across all levels of study, to help with education and living costs.
  • Full-time students or Australian Apprentices may be eligible for student income support payments (administered by Services Australia), including Youth Allowance, Austudy, and ABSTUDY.

Advice on managing the cost of study

Please visit our financial advice page if you would like to find out what options are available to you.

You can also make an appointment with a Senior Adviser to talk about managing the cost of studying at university. They provide free and confidential advice to students experiencing difficulties of a financial, study or personal matter.