Fees and Charges for Domestic Undergraduate Students
If you are an Australian citizen, holder of an Australian Humanitarian Visa, an Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen, you may be either a Commonwealth Supported Student or a Domestic Full Fee Paying Student.
Commonwealth Supported Students
Commonwealth Supported Students pay a student contribution for courses undertaken as part of their program of study either upfront or by deferring all or part of the debt using the HECS-HELP scheme. New Zealand citizens and Permanent Residents in Commonwealth Supported Places must pay their HECS contribution in full by the term census date.
All students contribute towards the cost or their education. The amount students contribute depends upon when they commenced their studies.
Due to recent changes to the Higher Education Support Act (2003 HESA) you may need to contact the Student Financials & Scholarships office to ensure that you receive the correct advice with regard to the category you will be eligible for in regard to your student contribution.
Student Contribution Amounts
Changes to legislation will impact some students from 2013. See Information for 2013
How to Calculate Your Fee
Each degree program requires the completion of a number of units. To accumulate the necessary units, students enrol in courses according to the degree requirements for each program. Each course has a unit value and this is ten (10) for most courses at the University of Newcastle. A normal full-time study load is 80 units in any year or 40 units per semester/trimester.
Courses are grouped into a number of academic subject areas where the first four letter abbreviation at the beginning of the course code tells you its subject area.
To calculate your exact fee, you should check the requirements of your program in the relevant Program Handbook.
Then refer to the relevant Fees Schedule table where the subject areas are listed in groups.
For example*, if in 2013 you were to undertake 3 courses in Mathematics (MATH), 2 courses in Philosophy (PHIL), 2 courses in History (HIST) and 1 course in Chemistry (CHEM) then you would calculate your fees as follows:
MATH: 3 x 1045.00 = 3135.00
PHIL: 2 x 734.00 = 1468.00
HIST: 2 x 734.00 = 1468.00
CHEM: 1 x 1045.00 = 1045.00
TOTAL = $7116.00
*The above example is taken from the Commonwealth Supported Student Contributiuon Schedule. It assumes all courses have a 10 unit value. If a course has a value other than 10, then the calculation needs to be weighted appropriately.
You can estimate costs for later years based on these rates. Student course fees are adjusted annually so it is recommended to ensure you refer to the correct Fees Schedule.
Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
The Australian Commonwealth Government have introduced a Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) which provides eligible students who commenced studies from 2005, with a loan to help pay their course tuition fees.
You have to start repaying your HELP debt through the taxation system once your repayment income is above the compulsory repayment threshold, even if you are still studying.
The compulsory repayment threshold is adjusted each year. For the 2013-14 income year, the compulsory repayment threshold is $51,309.
Repayment income is calculated from the amounts given on your income tax return
There are four main types:
HECS-HELP for eligible Commonwealth Supported Students
FEE-HELP for eligible Fee Paying Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students
OS-HELP for eligible Commonwealth Supported Students who want to study overseas (Exchanges and Study Abroad).
SA-HELP for eligible Commonwealth Supported Students
Student Services and Amenities Fee
New legislation has been passed by the Commonwealth Government which will allow the University to charge all enrolled students a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
This fee is being phased in for all student cohorts for study in 2013.
Students will be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF) to assist with the funding of non-academic student services and amenities at the University.
In 2013 the SSAF will be charged each semester to a maximum for the year of $273 (full time study) and $204 (partial fee).
In 2014 SSAF will be charged each term of study to a maximum of $281 for the year (full time study) and $210 (partial fee).
More information regarding SSAF can be found at:
Abstudy, Austudy and Youth Allowance
Support schemes are available from the Australian Government to help you continue your studies. Specific criteria must be met to become eligible. Telephone a Centrelink Call Centre on 13 24 90 for more information or visit the Centrelink website.
If you have difficulties after lodging and application, our Student Support Officer may be able to assist you. Telephone (02) 4921 6466.
Remission of Debt in Special Circumstances
Students who are unable to continue with their studies due to Special Circumstances, and who withdraw after the Census Date, may be eligible for Remission of Debt in Special Circumstances.