Course costs

Financial assistance

Financial assistance is only available to Australian citizens

Financial assistance is available through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.*

Your course costs are calculated after the Commonwealth Supported Place contribution (this is where the Australian Government contributes part of your course fees). The course fee listed is your contribution which you can pay with a HECS-HELP loan. You start paying for your course through tax deductions when your income reaches a certain level. These earnings threshold levels are set by the Government.

More information on HECS-HELP loans

Alternatively, you can pay for your course upfront.

Course costs**

Bachelor of Applied Information Technology

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Student contribution under HECS-HELP*
(deferred until you are earning $55,874pa)
$9,185 $9,185 $9,185
Government contribution
Commonwealth Supported Place
$10,432 $10,432 $10,432
Total cost $19,617 $19,617 $19,617
Accumulated course cost $9,185 $18,370 $27,555

Bachelor of Applied Business, Bachelor of Applied Business (Marketing major), Bachelor of Applied Business (Management major)

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Student contribution under HECS-HELP*
(deferred until you are earning $55,874pa)
$10,754 $10,754 $10,754
Government contribution
Commonwealth Supported Place
$2,120 $2,120 $2,120
Total cost $12,874 $12,874 $12,874
Accumulated course cost $10,754 $21,508 $32,262

*Eligibility criteria applies.

**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.

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HECS-HELP eligibility

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To be eligible for HECS-HELP, you must:

  1. be studying in a Commonwealth supported place;
  2. be an Australian citizen; or
  3. be a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency requirements; or
  4. be a permanent humanitarian visa holder;
  5. be enrolled in each unit at your university by the census date;
  6. meet the relevant HECS-HELP residency requirements;
  7. read the HECS-HELP and Commonwealth supported places information booklet; and
  8. submit a valid Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form by the census date (or earlier administrative date) to your university.

Frequently asked questions

What are my fee payment options?
  1. Upfront payment
  2. Government loan through the HECS-HELP loan scheme
What are HECS-HELP loans?

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.

  1. HECS-HELP assistance is a loan from the Commonwealth;
  2. the loan will remain as a personal debt obligation until it is repaid to the Commonwealth;
  3. the loan may affect (by reducing) the person’s take home (after tax) wage or salary until the debt is repaid, and may affect the borrowing capacity of the person until the debt is repaid to the Commonwealth;
  4. census date(s) will apply;
  5. a student may cancel their enrolment by:
    1. withdrawing from each unit of study on or before the census date; and
    2. in accordance with the provider’s withdrawal policy;
  6. withdrawal will result in the student:
    1. not incurring a HECS-HELP debt; and/or
    2. receiving a refund for any upfront tuition fee payments made on or before the census date; and
  7. a student may wish to seek independent financial advice prior to applying for a HECS-HELP loan.
  8. For more information on HECS-HELP loans and Commonwealth Supported Places, see the Australian Government Study Assist website.
What are Commonwealth Supported Places?

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.

What if I am a Permanent Resident?

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.

For more information on HECS-HELP loans and Commonwealth Supported Places, see the Australian Government Study Assist website.

When do I start paying for my course?

You have to start repaying your HECS-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. The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2017-2018 income year is $55,874.

Repayment income is calculated from the amounts given on your income tax return for:

  • your taxable income;
  • reportable fringe benefits (reported on your payment summary);
  • total net investment loss (which includes net rental loss);
  • reportable super contributions; and
  • exempt foreign employment income amounts.