Find out about costs and scholarships at the Universality of Newcastle, Australia

Costs and scholarships

Tuition, the cost of teaching, is the main fee that you will pay to the university. The price of tuition varies based on your level of study, program of study, and the individual courses that you take. Below you will find average prices for each program of study and more information about calculating your expected tuition.

In addition, you will pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee for non-academic campus services. You should also plan for your living costs, such as travel, meals and accommodation, and books; and for the cost of health insurance 

International students pay a deposit fee when they accept their offer to study at UON. It will be used to pay tuition for your first semester of study at the university. This fee does not apply to international students who study with GradSchool 

You may be qualified to apply for a scholarship based on your home country, academic performance, or area of study. Please view our full list at scholarships for international students

Whether you are an undergraduate student, postgraduate student or research higher degree student, you will find information about your international student fees below.

What you pay

Tuition fee


Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

You also need to allow for other costs.

International students need to pay a deposit fee when you accept your offer.

2016 tuition fees

Check out the tuition fee quick guides below for your level of study to get an idea of what you will pay.

2016 International undergraduate indicative annual fees by program (PDF, 144KB)
Diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree or a bachelor degree.

2016 International postgraduate indicative annual fees by program (PDF, 227KB)
Graduate certificate, graduate diploma, coursework masters degree or doctorate.

2016 International research higher degree indicative fees (PDF, 241KB)
Research masters and doctoral degrees.

Estimate Your Tuition

If you are already enrolled, you can estimate your tuition fee based on the courses (subjects) you are enrolled in. This fee estimate table (PDF, 16KB) may help you add up your individual course fees.

  1. Locate the course codes for the courses you are enrolled in. You can find your enrolment details by logging into myHub through myUoN, or check the requirements of your program in the degree finder under the handbook tab.
  2. The four letter abbreviation at the beginning of the course code shows the subject area of that course, for example, HIST for history. Every course within a subject area has the same fee.
  3. Look up the fee for each course code using the fee schedule for your level of study:
    1. 2016 International Undergraduate Fee Schedule
    2. 2016 International Postgraduate Fee Schedule
    3. 2016 International Research Higher Degree Fee Schedule
  4. Most courses have 10 units of academic credit. A full-time student usually takes 8 courses (80 units) per year or 4 courses (40 units) per semester/trimester.
  5. Add the fees for each course to get an estimate of your tuition fee.


If an international postgraduate student in 2016 were to take 3 courses in Mathematics (MATH), 2 courses in Philosophy (PHIL), 2 courses in History (HIST) and 1 course in Chemistry (CHEM) then he would calculate his fees as follows:

Course code
Fee per course
Number of courses
with the same code
B x C



3465 3 10,395
PHIL 2695 2 5,390
HIST 2695 2 5,390
CHEM 4220 1 4,220
TOTAL   25,395

In this example, all courses have a 10 unit value. If a course has a value other than 10, then the course fee would change in proportion to the unit value.

International student course fees are adjusted regularly and are subject to change in future years.

Payment plan

If you can't pay your tuition fees by the due date, you may be eligible to apply for a payment plan. These are only available if you're experiencing genuine financial hardship. Submit an application for a payment plan (PDF 287KB) before the census date of the term the fees apply to. You can submit your application at the Hunter Hub or email it from your student email account to our fees office.

Student services and amenities fee (SSAF)

SSAF for 2015:

  • full-time students on campus - $286 per year
  • part-time students on campus - $214 per year
  • full-time and part-time students off campus (e.g., online, distance or Port Macquarie campus) - $214 per year

Deposit fee

Once you accept your offer you will be required to pay a deposit fee. This will be used as payment for the cost of your tuition fees for your first semester of study with the University. Find out about refunds of the international deposit fee.

This fee does not apply to international students who study with GradSchool.

Other costs

The tuition fees cover teaching costs only. You also need to plan for international and domestic travel costs, accommodation and meals, books, living costs and overseas student health cover charges. Find out more about living costs.


You will receive two bills - one for your tuition fee and one for your SSAF. International tuition fee bills are issued in the week leading up to each semester/trimester. If you enrol after this time, you will receive your bill in the week after your enrolment. We will send an email to your student account each time a bill is generated. Bills can be viewed and paid by logging into myHub through myUoN.