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Fees and Financial Assistance

Fees Legislation

The Fees Regulations provide details of Murdoch’s fees and charges that can be imposed by the Fee Rules, and authorise the Vice Chancellor to decide all the subsidiary details.

The Fee Rules, the Fees Regulations, and Statute No. 22 - Fees may be found in the Policy and Procedure Manager at:

https://goto.murdoch.edu.au/PublicAccessPPM

Tuition Fees

The authority to charge tuition and administrative charges is contained in the Fee Rules, the Fees Regulations, and Statute No. 22 - Fees.

Australian Students

Tuition fee details for each unit of study are available via the online Tuition Fee Calculator:

http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/TuitionFeeCalculator

Payment of tuition fees is required by the Friday before the start of each semester/trimester. If fees have not been received by the census date, the student’s enrolment may be cancelled or a late payment fee may be payable.

International Students

All international students, other than exchange students and New Zealand citizens, are required to pay the full cost of tuition.

The tuition fee payable by each student is as stated on the Letter of Offer. After the first semester of enrolment, payment of tuition fees is required by the Friday before the start of each semester/trimester. If fees have not been received by that date, the student’s enrolment may be cancelled or a late payment fee may be payable.

If a student transfers to another course then they are liable for the tuition fees that apply to the new course at the rate applicable in the year of the transfer.

International students on a student visa must maintain a full-time study load of 12 credit points each semester and complete within the timeframes of their student visa. International students intending to modify their study load must confirm with their Academic Chair prior to any change.

International student tuition fee details for each unit of study are available via the online Tuition Fee Calculator:

http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/TuitionFeeCalculator

Transnational Students pay tuition fees directly to Murdoch’s transnational partner. Any queries regarding fees should be directed to the transnational partner office.

Unit Charges

In a small number of units students are required to pay a surcharge for special training or access to equipment, to purchase some of their own equipment (for example, a dissecting kit) for use during the unit, or to pay for their own food and accommodation at an optional field camp. Reference to this is made in the unit or course description. In addition, students are required to wear protective clothing and footwear in laboratories.

Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

Most Australian Citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens with Special Category Visas (SCV) who meet the HELP residency requirements, are able to access loans to pay their tuition fees under the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP). For all students there are residency requirements within Australia to qualify for HELP support.

New Zealand citizens who do not meet the SCV and HELP residency requirements, and other permanent resident visa holders, can only receive HELP in certain circumstances (under transitional arrangements for continuing students or for bridging courses for overseas-trained professionals). 

HELP loans are repaid through the tax system on an income-contingent basis. The HELP loan debt is indexed according to the CPI.

There are four types of HELP available for eligible students:

  • HECS-HELP - to assist eligible Commonwealth-supported students pay their student contribution;
  • FEE-HELP - to assist eligible domestic fee-paying students pay their tuition fees; 
  • OS-HELP - to assist eligible Commonwealth-supported students who wish to study overseas on exchange programs; and 
  • SA-HELP - to assist eligible students to pay their Student Services and Amenities Fee.

All students enrolling in a Commonwealth-supported course are required to complete an online Commonwealth Assistance Form detailing their choice of support. Their enrolment is not complete until the form is submitted and accepted.

All students wishing to access a HELP loan must complete the corresponding form and provide their Tax File Number before the census date for their first unit of study. Failure to fill out the correct form, or failure to provide their Tax File Number, will result in cancellation of enrolment. When students transfer to a different course, a new Commonwealth Assistance Form must be completed. Students can change their choice of support before the census date of a unit.

More information about the HELP loans and eligibility criteria is available at:

http://studyassist.gov.au/

HECS-HELP

All students admitted to a ‘Commonwealth-supported place’ at Murdoch are required to pay a ‘student contribution amount’ towards the costs of their course, unless they are exempt. Payment options for the student contribution amount depend on a student’s citizenship status.

Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders are eligible for HECS-HELP assistance and can pay their student contribution in one of three ways:

  • Full up-front payment;
  • Partial up-front payment and obtain a HECS-HELP loan for the remainder; or
  • A HECS-HELP loan for the full amount.

Students who are Australian citizens and eligible New Zealand SCV citizens must complete at least one unit from their course whilst resident within Australia to qualify for HECS-HELP.

Permanent humanitarian visa holders must reside in Australia for the duration of their course (unless otherwise required by the course) to access HECS-HELP assistance.

New Zealand citizens who hold a Special Category Visa, who (a) first began to be usually resident in Australia at least ten years before applying for Commonwealth assistance and (b) were a dependent child when they first began to be usually resident in Australia, and (c) meet minimum periods of residency in Australia over that ten years and within the last 2 years, are eligible for HECS-HELP loans from 1 January 2016.

Other New Zealand citizens, and Australian non-humanitarian permanent visa holders, are not eligible to defer their student contribution amount to HECS-HELP. They must pay their student contribution amount to the University at the start of each semester. In addition, they must reside in Australia during the semester to maintain their eligibility for their Commonwealth-supported place, unless the requirements of their course include a period of study outside Australia. 

Extensions to the payment date for Commonwealth-supported students are not permitted by Commonwealth legislation.

The discount for up-front payment will be removed for all students from 1 January 2017.

FEE-HELP

Domestic fee-paying students are required to pay tuition fees. How the tuition fees are paid depends on a student’s citizenship status.

Australian Citizens, eligible New Zealand SCV citizens, and permanent humanitarian visa holders are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance and can pay their student contribution in one of two ways:

  • Full up-front payment; or
  • A FEE-HELP loan for the full amount.

Students who are Australian citizens and eligible New Zealand SCV citizens must complete at least one unit from their course whilst resident within Australia to qualify for FEE-HELP. 

Permanent humanitarian visa holders must reside in Australia for the duration of their course (unless otherwise required by the course) to access FEE-HELP assistance.

Other permanent resident visa holders who are undertaking an eligible bridging course for overseas-trained professionals may access FEE-HELP assistance if they will be resident in Australia for the duration of the unit of study.

Other New Zealand citizens and other permanent resident visa holders are not eligible for FEE-HELP assistance.

A 25 percent loan fee is applied to FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses. 

OS-HELP

OS-HELP provides financial assistance to eligible Commonwealth-supported students who undertake part of their course overseas. OS-HELP is distinct from HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP as it is a cash payment to the student receiving the loan. There are eligibility criteria, and students interested in accessing OS-HELP during their study should ensure the timing of any overseas study is consistent with the criteria. Only a limited number of OS-HELP loans are available and students are required to apply. Details on the application and selection process are available from The Student Centre.

SA-HELP

SA-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay their Student Services and Amenities Fee. Students can choose to defer all or part of their fee for the relevant year.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is a fee that universities and other approved higher education providers can charge for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature, such as sporting and recreational activities, employment and career advice, child care, financial advice and food services. 

Australian citizens, eligible New Zealand SCV citizens, and permanent humanitarian visa holders are eligible for SA-HELP loans. Students must complete at least one unit from their course while resident within Australia.

Other New Zealand citizens and other permanent resident visa holders are not eligible. Students are also not eligible if they are in a not-for-award enrolment, or cross-enrolled at another university. 

If students access a SA-HELP loan, the amount will be added to their accumulated HELP debt. Students can take out a SA-HELP loan even if they do not wish to take out any other HELP loan.

Youth Allowance/Austudy/ABSTUDY

Full-time students enrolled in an approved course could be eligible for the Commonwealth Government’s Youth Allowance and Austudy schemes. Students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent may apply for comparable assistance under the ABSTUDY scheme.

Further information about Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY is available from the nearest Student Assistance Centre of Centrelink.

Murdoch Student Loans

Students may apply for emergency cash loans of up to $200 from the Murdoch Student Loan Fund. Such loans must normally be repaid within two weeks. Longer-term loans of up to $1000 are also available from the Murdoch Student Loan Fund (repayable within one year). Application forms are available at The Student Centre for international and domestic students.

Loans are not given to assist in the payment of Murdoch University fees.

Scholarships

Murdoch offers a large variety of scholarships that provide support for undergraduate, Honours and graduate study, and cater for a range of different personal circumstances.

The majority of scholarship are for those in need of financial support, rather than for high achievers.

For information about the types of scholarships available, opening and closing dates and how to apply, visit the scholarships pages for:

Undergraduate, Honours and graduate by coursework:

http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/Scholarships

Research:

http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/ResearchScholarshipsApplnForms

University Medals

Up to ten Medals may be awarded each year for outstanding academic performance by undergraduate students.

Medals are awarded to students who in that year completed an ordinary Bachelor degree, or an Honours degree not requiring an additional period of study than that for the ordinary degree. Students may only be considered for a University Medal once.

To be eligible, students must have completed at least 48 credit points of graded Murdoch University units, irrespective of the length of the degree. Students completing graduate-entry Bachelor degrees are eligible if the degree comprises at least 48 credit points and have a graduating Grade Point Average of at least 3.25.

Seven Medals are awarded on the basis of percentile rank, with up to three additional Medals being awarded to the next three best students across the University on the basis of GPA only who are not ranked in the top seven on the basis of percentile rank. 

Medallists shall receive a framed certificate, a silver medal and a cheque for $1000.

Award of the Medal is recorded on the student’s academic transcript, an honour board and the University web site:

http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/UniversityMedallists

The University Medals Policy can be found at:

https://goto.murdoch.edu.au/policy/UniversityMedals

Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence

This award recognises academic excellence amongst the students enrolled in the ordinary Bachelor’s degree. Each student will be assessed on the completion of each year equivalent credit point threshold within a course attempt, however no student will be eligible to receive an award more than once for each 24 points completed.

Recipients have the award recorded on their academic transcript and are given a certificate to mark the achievement at a presentation ceremony.

School Prizes

Prizes are usually awarded annually. Prizes for outstanding performance in a unit might be dependent upon offerings of the unit, and all prizes rely on continuity of sponsorship. Prizes might not be awarded every year and are subject to change without notice.

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Cancellation

The University reserves the right to cancel, without notice, any course, major, minor or unit if the number of students enrolled falls below limits set by the University.


Regulations and Rules

Students should ensure they are familiar with the University's internal legislation, including provisions specifically relevant to their studies. See the University Regulation overview and view legislation online.