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Understanding and paying your fees

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Types of fees

This section is very important for you to understand. If you have any questions please call 1800 005 481.

There are two types of fees you will be charged while studying at university; Tuition fees and Student Services and Amenities Fees.

Payment options

On your offer email it will state what fee category you fall under. This depends on the course you are studying and your citizenship status. You will either be a Commonwealth Supported or Australian Fee-Paying student. Once you have confirmed what category you fall under click on the relevant link below for instructions.

Your payment options depend on what type of student you are. You will fall in to one of the following categories:

Commonwealth Supported Students

If you are a Commonwealth Supported student the government subsidises your studies by paying part of your tuition fees directly to university. The remainder is paid by you; this is called a 'student contribution' amount, the options you have to pay is dependent on your citizenship status.

Can I defer my tuition fees or do I have to pay upfront?

Australian citizens and holders of a humanitarian visa are eligible to defer their tuition fees to the Tax Office using the HECS-Help Loan Scheme. Permanent residents and New Zealand citizens have to pay their tuition fees upfront before census date. As of 2017 there is no discount for paying your student contribution amount upfront.

What is a Commonwealth Assistance Form and do I have to fill it out?

All Commonwealth Supported students HAVE to complete the Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF). If you are eligible to defer your tuition fees as outlined above you simply enter your tax file number in this form. This will defer your fees to the tax office for you to pay at a later date. This form is complete once for every course you study.

Does the Commonwealth Assistance Form defer my SSAF?

NO! You will need to complete the Request to Defer SA-Help Loan. This is only applicable to students who are Australian citizens or holders of humanitarian visas. If you are a permanent resident or New Zealand citizen you will need to pay this fee upfront.

What happens if I don't pay or defer my SSAF?

If you don't pay or defer your SSAF you will be placed on sanctions. These sanctions will prevent you from viewing your final grades, obtaining an Academic Transcript and graduating.

Are all students charged SSAF?

All domestic students will be charged unless they are in one of the following exemption categories:

  • Studying the SCU Head-Start program
  • Studying the Preparing for Success program
  • Incoming Cross-Institutional student
  • English language courses students
  • Incarcerated students
  • Studying a Doctor of Philosophy
  • Studying Masters by Research
  • Studying a Professional Doctorate Program

How do I complete the Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)?

  • In My Enrolment select Commonwealth Assistance
  • Select Add New against the course you with a status of Admitted
  • Select Complete Form next to Commonwealth Support and HECS-Help form and enter your details exactly as instructed.
  • Enter your Tax File Number if you want to defer your tuition fees
  • Select Submit Form.

Note: If the form is approved you will be notified instantly. If you are a permanent resident, New Zealand citizen or the holder of a humanitarian visa your form will not automatically approve. You will need to provide citizenship documentation to the Citizenship Officer.
Contact 1800 005 867 or citizenship@scu.edu.au

How do I complete the Request for SA-Help Assistance form?

  • In My Enrolment select Commonwealth Assistance
  • Select Add New against the course you with a status of Admitted
  • Select Complete Form next to Request for SA-Help Assistance and enter your details exactly as instructed.
  • Enter your Tax File Number
  • Select Submit Form

These forms are required to be filled out for each course you study with SCU.

Australian Fee-Paying Students

As an Australian Fee-Paying Student you will need to pay your tuition fees upfront to the university by the due date shown on your invoice for each study period.

The date the fee is incurred is census date but the fees are due earlier for fee-paying and international students.

Can I defer my tuition fees as an Australian Fee-Paying Student?

If you are an Australian citizen or the holder of a humanitarian visa you may choose to defer your tuition fees using the Fee-Help Loan Scheme.

Can I defer my Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF)?

You can defer your SSAF if you are an Australian citizen of the holder of a Humanitarian Visa you can complete a Request for SA-Help Assistance form to defer your fees for the entirety of your course.

What happens if I don't pay or defer my SSAF?

If you don't pay or defer your SSAF you will be placed on sanctions. These sanctions will prevent you from viewing your final grades, obtaining an Academic Transcript and graduating.

Are all students charged SSAF?

All domestic students will be charged unless they are in one of the following exemption categories:

  • Studying the SCU Head-Start program
  • Studying the Preparing for Success program
  • Incoming cross-institutional student
  • English language courses students
  • Incarcerated students
  • Studying a Doctor of Philosophy
  • Studying Masters by Research
  • Studying a Professional Doctorate Program

How do I complete the Fee-Help assistance form?

  • In My Enrolment select Commonwealth Assistance
  • Select Add New against the course you with a status of Admitted
  • Select Complete Form next to Fee-Help assistance form and enter your details exactly as instructed.
  • Enter your Tax File Number
  • Select Submit Form.

Note: If the form is approved you will be notified instantly.

If you are a permanent resident, New Zealand citizen or the holder of a humanitarian visa your form will not automatically approve. You will need to provide citizenship documentation to the Citizenship Officer.
Contact 1800 005 867 or citizenship@scu.edu.au

How do I complete the Request for SA-Help Assistance form?

  • In My Enrolment select Commonwealth Assistance
  • Select Add New against the course you with a status of Admitted
  • Select Complete Form next to Request for SA-Help Assistance and enter your details exactly as instructed.
  • Enter your Tax File Number
  • Select Submit Form

International Offshore Students

As an international offshore student you will need to pay your tuition fees upfront to the university by the due date shown on your invoice for each study period.

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