|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Student contribution (HECS-HELP)**||$10,754||$10,754||$10,754|
|Government contribution (CSP)||$2,120||$2,120||$2,120|
|Total annual cost||$12,874||$12,874||$12,874|
|Accumulated course cost||$10,754||$21,508||$32,262|
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Student contribution (HECS-HELP)**||$9,185||$9,185||$9,185|
|Government contribution (CSP)||$10,432||$10,432||$10,432|
|Total annual cost||$19,617||$19,617||$19,617|
|Accumulated course cost||$9,185||$18,370||$27,555|
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Student contribution (FEE-HELP)**||$20,000||$20,000||$20,000|
|Total annual cost||$20,000||$20,000||$20,000|
|Accumulated course cost||$20,000||$40,000||$60,000|
*The University reserves the right to vary fees on an annual basis. Fees will not normally rise above 7 per cent per annum for continuing students. Should the University decide to increase its fees, that increase will take effect on 1 January of the following year. While every effort has been made by La Trobe University to ensure that the information on this website is up to date and accurate, La Trobe University does not give any guarantees, undertakings or warranties in relation to the accuracy, completeness and up to date status of the above information.
**Eligibility criteria applies. Available to Australian citizens only.
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It is important to understand the difference between these two study assistance programs.
To be eligible for HECS-HELP, you must be able to study in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP).
The government supplies an assistance package which varies on the course you wish to undertake and the remainder of the yearly course fees are covered under the HECS-HELP scheme. This allows you to commence your studies with no up-front fees.
Under the FEE-HELP scheme, you do not need to be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP).
All the yearly course fees are covered under the FEE-HELP scheme. This allows you to commence your studies with no up-front fees.
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HECS-HELP is a loan from the Commonwealth that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees for diploma and degree courses undertaken at an approved provider.
For more information on HECS-HELP loans and Commonwealth Supported Places, see the Australian Government Study Assist website.
Depending on the course you are studying, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.
To be eligible for HECS-HELP, you must:
A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a course subsidised by the Federal Government so that students are only required to pay a ‘student contribution’ amount, rather than the total tuition fees.
As a Permanent Resident, you are eligible for the Government’s CSP (Commonwealth Supported Place) funding. CSP is a Government grant to assist with your study. You do not have to pay this back to the Government. However, any shortfall between the CSP grant and the total course cost must be self-funded, as you are not eligible for HECS-HELP.
For more information on Commonwealth Supported Places, see the Australian Government Study Assist website.
You have to start repaying your HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP debt through the taxation system once your repayment income is above the compulsory repayment threshold, even if you are still studying. The compulsory repayment threshold is adjusted each year.
Repayment income is calculated from the amounts given on your income tax return for:
For more information about repayment thresholds, see the Study Assist website.
This degree is categorised as an Employer Reserved Places course and therefore falls under FEE-HELP, not HECS-HELP like many other undergraduate degrees.
The Australian Government (Government) does not subsidise Employer Reserved Places. Instead, it provides access to the FEE-HELP loan scheme to assist eligible fee paying students with paying their tuition fees.
In this instance, the full fee of this course is covered by the FEE-HELP loan.
FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that helps eligible students enrolled in a fee paying place to pay their tuition fees. You do not have to use a FEE-HELP loan to pay your tuition fees. You can choose to pay all your tuition fees upfront, or you can pay some upfront and use a FEE-HELP loan for the rest, or use a FEE-HELP loan for all your tuition fees (up to your FEE-HELP limit).
You may be interested to know that:
For more information on FEE-HELP loans, see the Australian Government Study Assist website.
FEE-HELP is available to all eligible fee paying students, provided you meet the citizenship and residency requirements (see below); and have not exceeded the FEE‑HELP limit (see below).
For Australian citizens
If you are an Australian citizen you will meet the FEE-HELP residency requirements if your university/higher education provider reasonably expects that you will undertake at least some of your course of study in Australia.
For eligible New Zealand Special Category Visa holders
If you are a New Zealand Special Category Visa (NZ SCV) holder (who meets the specific NZ SCV residency requirements for HELP loans), you must be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit(s) to meet the FEE-HELP residency requirements.
For permanent humanitarian visa holders
If you are a permanent humanitarian visa holder, you must be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit(s) to meet the FEE-HELP residency requirements.