UNSW Fee Policy: International Students

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This policy applies to all International students. An International student is not a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen. All enrolled International students (or their sponsors), whether in attendance at a campus of UNSW or off-shore, are liable for payment of tuition fees.


Acceptance of an Offer of Admission
Fee Charges and Payments
Fee Variations (including Change of Residency)
Refund of Fees Paid
Changing Education Providers
Semester and Teaching Period Dates
Disclaimer


Acceptance of an Offer of Admission

Tuition Fee Deposit: International students wishing to accept an offer of admission to a program must pay a deposit fee to secure their place. Places in programs will be allocated in order of receipt of the deposit. The balance of tuition fees for the first semester of the program is payable according to the payment guidelines on the fees statement issued after enrolment. External or offshore students and some government-sponsored students have different deposit requirements, as detailed in the offer letter.

Student Visa: On receipt of the deposit and, if appropriate, the health insurance payment, the University will issue an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment for Overseas Students (eCOE) which a student requires in order to apply for a student visa for travel and temporary residence in Australia.

Deferment: Requests to defer initial enrolment from one year to the next, or one semester to the next, must be made in writing or online by the deadline stipulated in the offer letter. Not all programs permit deferment. Students not permitted to defer must lodge a new application for admission at the time appropriate for their intended commencement of the program. A student who defers will be liable for the tuition fees applicable in the year in which he/she enrols.

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Fee Charges and Payments

[1] Tuition Fees

Fees are reviewed annually and may increase. A complete schedule of tuition fees is available here.

[2] Health Insurance

The Australian Government requires that student visa holders be covered by medical insurance (Overseas Student Health Cover, OSHC) for the duration of their study in Australia. Students must make arrangements for their OSHC when accepting their offer of a place. OSHC is normally paid for the anticipated duration of the student's program. The University's recommended provider for medical insurance for international students is Medibank, but you are free to use another provider. For further OSHC details see the section on ‘Health insurance’ at http://www.international.unsw.edu.au/courses-applying/fees/. OSHC charges are regularly reviewed and those quoted on the offer letter are subject to change. Students on external/distance education programs not resident in Australia are not required to pay OSHC.

[3] Calculation of Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are calculated on a student's enrolment in specific courses. UNSW students enrolled in most programs have some flexibility in the courses they choose and, at times, these courses will be from outside their own Faculty. Tuition fees are derived from the relative cost of providing each type of course and are calculated on the basis of that year's current fee. Information on tuition fees is provided in the offer letter. Further tuition fee information is also available here.

[4] Completion within Expected Minimum Duration

Students holding a student visa are required to complete their studies within the expected duration of study specified in their eCOE. This will usually mean a full-time study load. UNSW defines a standard normal full-time enrolment as 24 units of credit (UOC) per semester.

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[5] Payment of Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are calculated and payable per semester, in advance, by the UNSW Payment Due Date. Students must access their Fee statements (Statement of Student Debt) online via myUNSW, available approximately 2 to 3 weeks before classes commence. This statement includes payment deadlines and payment options.

Unless stipulated in the Offer Letter, all fee payments must be made in Australian dollars, and finalised by the UNSW Payment Due Date for each semester.

[5.1] Payment of Tuition Fees - Non-Standard Teaching Periods

Students enrolling in a 6-week teaching period that falls within the standard 12-week semester (i.e. T1B, T2B) are expected to finalise payment of their course/s for non-standard teaching periods by the UNSW Payment Due Date. If enrolment is after the UNSW Payment Due Date, students are expected to finalise payment upon enrolment.

Summer Term

Students enrolling in a 4-week teaching period that falls within Summer Term (U1B, U1C) are expected to finalise payment of their course/s by the UNSW Summer Term Payment Due Date. If the enrolment is later than the UNSW Summer Term Payment Due Date, students are expected to finalise payment upon enrolment.

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[5.2] Late Enrolment

If enrolment is after the start of the course, students are expected to finalise payment upon enrolment. A late enrolment fee of $250 will be applied to all enrolments after the published deadline.

[6] Sponsored or Assisted Students

Sponsored or Assisted students are those who have an official sponsor recognised by the University and who the University invoices directly, rather than invoicing the individual student.

Students who have an agreement with the University that their fees will be paid by a recognised sponsor (i.e. home government/institution) will be able to view a fees statement online indicating if any fees are required (i.e. fees which are not covered by their sponsor). If a student is not liable for any fees, the online statement simply serves as a confirmation of their enrolment. A separate invoice for fees will be sent to the sponsor.

Students who have a recognised sponsor should note that they will be liable for any unpaid tuition fee costs if the sponsor defaults on payment in any given semester.

Students who have an 'unofficial sponsor', such as an employer or a family member who has agreed to cover study costs, should note that in all cases UNSW considers the student to be solely responsible for any financial liability to the University.

A student with an outstanding debt will not be permitted to re-enrol in a subsequent year, semester or teaching period until such time as the debt is paid in full. Students indebted to the University will not be able to view their results, will not be issued with academic transcripts or any other official credentials and will not be permitted to graduate.

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[7] Difficulties with Payment

Students who have difficulty paying their tuition fees due to financial hardship may apply to pay their tuition fees under a payment plan. Students must apply in writing to the Student Financials Team in UNSW Student Administration and provide documentation as evidence of their financial hardship. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis and arranged on a per-semester basis only. Payment plans cannot be applied retrospectively and are not available to commencing students. Please note: an administrative fee of $100 will be charged for the establishment of a payment plan.

Students who wish to apply for a payment plan arrangement must submit a written request/application no later than the fee payment due date for the semester in which they are requesting a payment plan. Applications received after the fee payment due date will not be considered.

Students permitted to pay by plan are required to pay a proportion of their fee liability before the payment plan will be approved. The remaining balance will be paid under a payment plan with an instalment amount defined by the University. Please note that all fees must be finalised in accordance with the agreed terms and conditions of the individual payment plan. Payment plans will be limited to the semester in which the request is made and no further extensions will be granted.

Students need to be aware that non-payment of fees will lead to cancellation of enrolment. It is important for students to note that if they believe that they will have some difficulty paying their fees, they should talk to the Student Financials Team via UNSW Student Central or email fees@unsw.edu.au.

[8] Non-Payment of Fees

Students indebted to the University will not be issued with academic transcripts or any other official credentials, and will not be permitted to graduate.

In addition, currently enrolled students will be denied the following services:

  • Receipt of assessment results;
  • Access to buildings and computer labs;
  • Course enrolment;
  • Library Services.

Failure to pay fees according to the payment guidelines may result in a student's enrolment being cancelled. If, with notice, a student's enrolment is cancelled for non-payment of fees and that student is subsequently permitted to have his/her enrolment reinstated, a $250 reinstatement fee will be levied. A student whose enrolment is cancelled will retain her/his fee liability, so that re-enrolment in a subsequent year or semester will not be permitted until such a time as the debt is either paid in full or agreement reached between the student and the Registrar.

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Fee Variations (including Change of Residency)

[1] Permanent Resident Status

If a student obtains Australian permanent residency before enrolling in the program, or before the census date of the semester of first enrolment in that program, the offer of a place (or the enrolment) as an International student will lapse. Please note that because of government controls on the number of Domestic students that can be enrolled, students who obtain permanent residency may not qualify for a Commonwealth Supported place. Read important information on residency changes here (pdf).

The Australian Government guidelines clearly state that all students must finalise any enrolment issues (including permanent residency status) by the relevant census date. There is no provision to extend the census date deadlines. Students must provide proof of residency on or before the relevant semester census date in order to be eligible for the Domestic tuition fee rate.

Students who receive their residency on or prior to the relevant semester census date but fail to provide the University with a certified copy of their evidence until after the census date will remain liable for the International tuition fee rate for the remainder of the semester.

Please note: the University cannot be held accountable for problems which may occur between students and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) regarding the issuing of permanent residency visas and is unable to apply retrospective fee adjustments for prior semesters.

Students who are granted Australian permanent resident status after the census date of their first semester of enrolment or after the census date of any subsequent semester will be seen as having entered into a contract with the University to pay International fees for that semester.

[2] Repeated Courses

Students who are required to repeat courses will be charged the full cost to re-enrol in the course, based on the units of credit for that course at the time it is repeated.

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[3] Non-award Course Enrolment

In certain cases students may be permitted by a Faculty to enrol in additional courses that cannot be counted towards award requirements. If permitted to do so, the student will need to apply for and be enrolled in a separate Non-Award program and charged at the International student rate according to the tuition band fee for that course enrolment.

International students are not permitted to enrol in non-CRICOS-registered programs.

[4] Graduate students completing a thesis or project report

Graduate students who have completed all work (i.e. all research, laboratory, computational and field work) before the commencement of a semester, except for the preparation and submission of the thesis or project report, will be exempted from the fees for that semester if the thesis or project report is submitted before the earliest census date of the given semester. After this date fees will be charged at the rate of 50% for the semester in which the thesis or project report is submitted, provided the student has exceeded the minimum period of enrolment specified in the degree conditions.

Graduate students who are permitted to resubmit a thesis or project report and required to undertake a further period of study are liable for the full cost of the further study period.

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Refund of Fees Paid

[1] Withdrawal Prior to Enrolment (Refund of all fees paid less administrative charge of $500)

Applicants who notify the University in writing before they enrol in the program for the first time that they wish to withdraw, will receive a refund of all tuition fees paid less an administrative charge of $500. The full amount will be refunded in cases where:

  • the applicant has not been granted a student visa;
  • the applicant is unable to attend because of documented illness or misadventure;
  • UNSW is unable to provide the program for which the student has applied and requests enrolment.

Refunds of tuition fees will be made within four weeks from the date of request or the date of clearance of the original payment, whichever is later.


[2] Commencing Students - Withdrawal by Census Date (Refund of all fees paid less administrative charge of $1000)

Students who withdraw from the program prior to the census date in their commencing semester will receive a refund of all fees paid less an administrative charge of $1,000.


[3] Commencing Students - Withdrawal After Census Date (No refund)

Students who withdraw after the census date in their commencing semester will not receive a refund for fees paid for that semester.

Students who are enrolled in a teaching period that has not yet started (e.g. T1B, T2B) will receive a refund for any course(s) relating to that teaching period. Fees paid for teaching periods in which the census date has already passed will not be considered for refund.


[4] Refund Of Program Fees - Non-Award Enrolment

If notice of discontinuation of a course is lodged on or before the census date for that semester, a full refund of the fee for the course will be made.

If notice of discontinuation is not lodged before the census date for that semester, a student will incur and retain liability for the course fee, regardless of whether the fee has been paid.

Students who are enrolled in a teaching period that has not yet started (e.g. T1B, T2B) will receive a refund for any course/s relating to that teaching period. Fees paid for teaching periods in which the census date has already passed will not be considered for refund.

Students who withdraw after the census date in their commencing semester will not receive a refund for fees paid for that semester.


[5] Re-enrolling Students - Withdrawal by Census Date (Refund of all fees paid)

Students who withdraw from the program prior to the census date of that semester will receive a refund of all fees paid for the semester.


[6] Re-enrolling Students - Withdrawal After Census Date (No Refund)

Students who withdraw from the program after the census date will not receive a refund of fees paid unless they have also paid fees for a full year, in which case fees paid for the second semester will be refunded in full.

Students who are enrolled in a teaching period that has not yet started (e.g. T1B, T2B) will receive a refund for any course(s) relating to that teaching period. Fees paid for teaching periods in which the census date has already passed will not be considered for refund.


[7] Refund Of Program Fees – Special Cases

A refund may be granted to a student unable to notify the Registrar in writing by the dates required, provided evidence is supplied that the student had ceased attendance by the census date, and was unable to notify the Registrar for reasons beyond her/his control.

These applications will only be approved where the University is satisfied that:

  • The circumstances were beyond the student’s control (and those circumstances were unusual, uncommon or abnormal) and
  • The circumstances did not make their full impact on the student until after the census date for the course(s) they wish to withdraw from and
  • The circumstances make it impracticable for the student to complete the requirements for the course.

View procedures and application form for special case refunds here.

AGSM MBA students please refer to AGSM’s specific refund policy attached to your offer letter.

A postgraduate student who submits a project report or thesis for examination by the census date for that semester will not be liable for tuition fees in that semester.


[8] Students Not Permitted to Continue

Students not permitted to continue in their program because of a determination made by the University in relation to unsatisfactory progress, or any other reason, at the end of a Semester, will receive a refund of any fees paid for the following Semester.


[9] Refunds for Tuition Fees Paid

Refunds will be processed and paid within 4 weeks of receiving a written request and all required documentation from the student. Refunds will only be made in Australian dollars, following clearance of the original payment, and are usually refunded via the original payment method. If a telegraphic transfer is required to a bank account, please ensure you include all bank details on the refund request. This method of refund is not recommended because of banking difficulties in some countries.


[10] Credit Balances

Any credit resulting from an overpayment or an adjustment/amendment to your fee liability will be credited towards your fee liability for the following semester. *

If you do not enrol in the following semester, the University will attempt to contact you to provide a refund of any overpayment made, at the end of that Semester.

If a refund is required before the end of the Semester, you should submit an Excess Payment Refund Request application form to UNSW Treasury.

Refund requests will usually be processed within four weeks.

* If the University is unable to contact a former student to arrange the refund of an overpayment, the funds will be held for a maximum of six years, at which time the credit balance will be transferred to the Office of State Revenue (OSR).

Where the University has passed the funds to the Office of State Revenue students are advised to access the OSR online search functionality here: www.osr.nsw.gov.au/ (select the Unclaimed Money icon).

To find out if any unclaimed monies have been passed to OSR please contact fees@unsw.edu.au in the first instance.


[11] OSHC

Students who do not enrol with the University will be eligible for a full refund of any OSHC paid. The refund will be issued by the University, if the payment has not been sent to the OSHC Provider. However, if the payment has been sent and processed, students will be responsible for contacting the Provider directly.

 

   HOW TO APPLY - Excess Payment Refund Request (pdf)

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Changing Education Providers

For information on the conditions and requirements for students who wish to change Education Providers, please refer to the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) information on myUNSW.

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Semester and Teaching Period Dates

For a complete schedule of Semester and Teaching Period dates, see the University's Academic Calendar.

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Disclaimer

The University of New South Wales makes every attempt to ensure that all information pertaining to tuition fees is correct at the time of publication. However, the University reserves the right to amend any information without notice in response to changing circumstances or for any other reason.

Students wishing to enrol in UNSW programs should note that specific arrangements for programs (e.g. staff allocation, semesters in which courses are held), as stated in UNSW publications, are an expression of intent only and are not to be taken as a firm offer or undertaking. Students wishing to take particular elective courses should ensure that these will be available prior to accepting their offer. Where oral representations are made by UNSW employees, representatives or agents that are inconsistent with written University publications, the written publications will apply. This fee policy does not remove the right to take further action under Australia's consumer protection laws (National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training for Overseas Students).

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