Fees Glossary

Which policy, procedures, terms and conditions apply to me?

More comprehensive information can be found in the University’s Student Loans, Fees and Charges Policy (MPF1325).

Domestic student:

You are a domestic student if:

  • You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident; or
  • You hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa; or
  • You are a New Zealand citizen.

International student

You are an international student if:

  • You are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • You are not an Australian permanent resident or
  • You do not hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa.

Term

Definition

Australian fee-paying place

(Domestic fee place)

A place in a course for domestic students where the student pays tuition fees to the University to maintain their enrolment.

Loans such as FEE-HELP are available for eligible students to pay the cost of tuition fees direct to their University.

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) place

The Australian government funds higher education institutions to support research training for eligible domestic students undertaking research higher degrees. Through this scheme, students are entitled to a tuition fee exemption for the normal duration of their course.

Census date

This is the last date that you can withdraw from a subject without incurring a fee liability for that subject.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

A place in a course for domestic students where the Australian Government contributes to the cost of your study. You pay a student contribution amount. Loans such as HECS-HELP assistance are available for eligible students to pay the student contribution amount.
See: www.studyassist.gov.au

Course-based fee

A tuition fee for international and Australian fee-paying students calculated by course and overall study-load. Your fees in any one year decrease or increase with changes in your study-load. Course-based fees are relevant to most graduate courses.

Discipline fee band

All subjects are classified by discipline area and are given a corresponding cost depending on which discipline fee band they are allocated to.

Student contribution bands

Fee bands used to determine the maximum student contributions for a Commonwealth supported place.

All subjects are classified by discipline area and are allocated to a student contribution band according to government regulated criteria.

EFTSL

EFTSL stands for Equivalent Full Time Student Load and is a measure of study load. One EFTSL represents a standard annual full-time load of study and is equivalent to 100 credit points of study.

Every subject is given an EFTSL value and a corresponding credit point value. If a one-semester subject is 12.5 credit points, the EFTSL value is 0.125

FEE-HELP

A Commonwealth Government loan available to eligible Australian fee-paying students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees.

FEE-HELP assistance is available if you meet the Australian government's eligibility requirements. Some of these are listed below:

  • You are undertaking study with an approved higher education provider;
  • You meet the citizenship or residency requirements;
  • You meet the tax file number (TFN) requirements;
  • You have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.

The FEE-HELP information booklet is available from this site: www.studyassist.gov.au

HECS-HELP

A Commonwealth Government loan available for eligible domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place.

See: www.studyassist.gov.au

OSHC

OSHC stands for Overseas Student Health Cover. It is a student visa requirement set by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection that international students have visa-length health cover while studying in Australia. Bupa is the University's preferred OSHC provider: oshc.bupa.com.au

Single subject study (CAP) fee

A tuition fee for international and Australian fee-paying students enrolled in the Community Access Program that is calculated by subject enrolled, with each subject allocated to a discipline fee band depending on its area of study, and the mode of study (assessed or non-assessed).

Study Abroad fee

A tuition fee for international and Australian fee-paying students enrolled in an incoming Study Abroad course at the University of Melbourne, with fees calculated by semester.

Subject-based fee

A tuition fee for international and Australian fee-paying students calculated by subject enrolled, with each subject allocated to a discipline fee band depending on its area of study. Subject-based fees are relevant to undergraduate courses, graduate courses offered by the Office for Environmental Programs (OEP), and graduate students who commenced in 2009 or earlier.

Study load

Every subject you do is weighted in terms of the proportion that the subject represents in a standard year of full-time study in a given course.

A standard annual full-time load of study is equivalent to 100 credit points of study which is also equivalent to 1 EFTSL.

See EFTSL