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Student contributions and tuition fees

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University costs money, but it’s a valuable investment in your future. At UQ, how much you pay depends on what type of program you’re studying and the courses you choose. 

Student contribution amounts

A Commonwealth Supported Place is a subsidised enrolment at university. The Australian Government funds about 60 per cent of a Commonwealth Supported Place and the student pays the remaining "student contribution amount".

Domestic undergraduate and honours places at the University are Commonwealth supported. A limited number of postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Places are available.

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Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place can either pay their student contributions upfront, or if eligible, can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay their student contributions.

Tuition fees

Fee-paying students include most postgraduate coursework students and non-award students. When a domestic student isn't enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place, they pay full tuition fees.

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Students enrolled in a fee-paying place will either pay their tuition fees upfront, or if eligible, can access a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of their tuition fees.

Higher Degrees by Research

Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy

Tuition fees for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) vary according to your academic field and attendance mode.

View PhD and MPhil fees for 2017 commencing students

PhD and MPhil students may be eligible to apply for scholarships and prizes that cover the cost of their tuition fees. 

Professional Doctorate (Research)

Tuition fees for a Professional Doctorate (Research) are charged:

  • each semester for the coursework component, and
  • every research quarter for the research component.

Tuition fees are indexed annually.

Professional Doctorates (Research) include the Doctor of Biotechnology. 

View Professional Doctorate (Research) fees for 2017 domestic students

Professional Doctorate (Research) students may be eligible to apply for scholarships and prizes that cover the cost of their tuition fees. 

Higher doctorates

Tuition fees do not apply to Higher Doctorates.

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

Most Australian universities charge a compulsory annual Student Services and Amenities fee (SSAF).

The SSAF is used to fund for non-academic services for students, including sports and recreation, employment and careers advice, child care, and food services.

The maximum annual fee is $294 for 2017 and $298 for 2018. UQ charges the SSAF according to your mode of attendance (internal/external) and enrolment load (full-time/part-time). The fee is indexed annually.

Higher Education reforms

On 1 May 2017, the Australian Government proposed a range of reforms, including changes to government subsidies, Commonwealth support and HELP loans. For information about how these reforms may affect you, see the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

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