Student Fees

Tuition Fees

Commencing students who are citizens of Australia and New Zealand, as well as Australian Permanent Residents, have their tuition fees supported by the Australian Government in the form of a Research Training Program Fee Offset and will be exempt from tuition fees for a defined maximum period (four years full-time equivalent for Doctorate and two years full-time equivalent for Masters by Research enrolments). Visit the Australian Government’s Research Training Program website for further information.

A proportion of International HDR Candidates may receive a Research Training Program Fee Offset and will be notified if this is the case.  All other international HDR Candidates are required by the Australian Government to pay tuition fees. For fee scales, visit the JCU International Student Centre website

For candidates who were enrolled from 1 January 2019, a charge will be applied for thesis submission beyond the maximum allowable time for their course.  For more information see the HDR Overtime Charge Procedure.

All JCU students including HDR candidates are required to pay the Student Services and Amenities (SSA) Fee, with the exception of international students who are continuing in a course of study which they commenced prior to 1 January 2013. Other exemptions also apply.

In October 2011, the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing universities to charge a student services and amenities fee up to a maximum annual amount (2021 this will be charged at the rate of $187.80 for each 0.5 EFTSL consumed, to a maximum of $313). JCU introduced the SSA Fee from 1 January 2012. The income from the fee is used to provide range of student support services and facilities including student advocacy, support for student organisations, student spaces, recreational activities, sporting activities and facilities, and study skills support.

SSA Fee collection is managed centrally by JCU. For payment methods, financial support and deferral options, visit the JCU Fees and Financial Support webpage.