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How much does a unit cost? PR/NZ Without CSP

Non-Commonwealth Supported Place

Permanent Resident and New Zealand citizens are eligible for fee paying places, in which the Australian Government partially subsidises your fees. Therefore, you pay the same tuition fees as a citizen, rather then the international student rates. You cannot however, use FEE-HELP (previously known as PELS) to defer any or all of this payment. You will need to pay your tuition fees upfront, in full.

Calculation of Domestic Tuition Fees (per unit)

Generally, tuition fees are calculated on a fee-per-unit basis to cater for students who wish to study on a part-time basis. There are a number of factors that determine the fee that applies for a unit of study:

  1. The annual fee rate for a particular course (note this is indexed annually),
  2. The EFTSL (Equivalent Full-Time Study Load) value for that particular unit.

Calculate Your Fees


You can find the EFTSL value of any unit you are enrolled in by logging into OSIS, clicking on 'Self Enrolment' and clicking on 'Units'. If you are enrolled in that unit, the EFTSL value will be listed under the 'Study Load' column. For a 3 credit point unit, the EFTSL value is generally 0.125. Alternatively, you can calculate the EFTSL value of any given unit by multiplying the units credit points and the course duration (in years), and then dividing by the minimum course credit points. The formula should look like this:

(Number of credit points for that unit x the length of time the course will take to complete, full-time) / how many credit points are required to course complete = EFTSL value.

eg. (3 credit points x 3 years) / 72 credit points = 0.125 EFTSL

Calculating the cost of a unit

The approximate fee for a unit is calculated by multiplying the unit load (EFTSL) by the annual course fee.

This equation should look something like this: 0.125 x $8400.00 = $1050.00 approximately.

For Example:

G Dip in Legal Studies annual fee (018): $8,400.00 annual rate
Minimum credit point required for completion: 24 credit points
Standard full-time course duration (years): 1 year
Unit: 5928 Law G1: Introduction to Law: 3 credit point value
Unit Load (EFTSL)= (3 x 1) / 24
 = 0.125
Unit Fee approximately= 0.125 x $8,400.00
 = $1050.00

The same procedure applies for calculating the cost of additional units. Simply add the individual unit fees to determine a total.

Do I need to pay this amount up-front?

Yes. You may only use FEE-HELP (previously known as PELS) to request a loan from the Australian Government for all or part of your tuition fee if you are an Australian Citizen, or on a Permanent Humanitarian Visa.

If you have any concerns regarding the calculation of your fees, please call the Student Centre on 1300 301 727.


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