Fees and costs

Being aware of the costs involved in studying at UNE will help you get sorted for a secure, successful and stress-free student life.

Course fees covering Commonwealth Supported Students (HECS) and Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) are determined by the Australian government, under legislation, and may be subject to review and subsequent change as appropriate. Students will be advised by the University accordingly.

Course fee information

Commonwealth Supported Students (HECS)

This information is to help Commonwealth supported students meet important requirements for their enrolment, including financial arrangements. HECS-HELP is a loan scheme for eligible students enrolled in Commonwealth supported places to pay their student contribution amounts. The Government sets strict rules regarding access to this scheme, which impact on your ability to access the loans but can also impact on your enrolment at UNE. Students should familiarise themselves with the government's HECS-HELP booklets as these provide important details of what you need to do to meet your obligations and maintain eligibility under these schemes.

You must return a completed Commonwealth Assistance Form (CAF or e-CAF) each time you start a new degree or diploma and nominate a payment preference. If you have not changed your degree or diploma, the Commonwealth Assistance Form you previously submitted will still be current. If you have enrolled in your course and not already submitted a form, it is available through the Commonwealth Assistance Form Link in the myEnrol tab of myUNE. The last day for submission of your Commonwealth Assistance Form is due on or before the census date for the period in which you first enrol.

  • If you are a New Zealand citizen living in Australia your payment options can be found in the HECS-HELP booklets. If you are eligible under the Special Category Visa eligibility criteria you may be eligible to defer your unit fees to the HELP loan. If you are not eligible you are required to make full upfront payment by the census date or as indicated on your invoice.
  • If you are an eligible permanent resident living in Australia your payment options can be found in the HECS-HELP booklets. You are required to make full upfront payment by the census date or as indicated on your invoice. You will not be eligible to defer your fees to the HELP loan.
  • If you nominate a deferred payment option, you must provide your Tax File Number.
  • If you nominate an upfront payment option, you must EITHER make a full payment of the invoiced amount by the due date, OR make a partial payment AND supply your Tax File Number by the due date.
  • Invoices can be downloaded from the myUNE student portal from the first day of the teaching period onwards and a new online invoice can be downloaded for each enrolment variation.
  • All payments must be received at UNE by the date indicated on your invoice.
  • If you wish to withdraw from a unit without financial penalty, you may do so prior to the census date for the relevant period. However you should note that to withdraw without financial penalty after the census date (remission of HECS–HELP debt) has very strict legal requirements. Please see below for details.

Ensure your correct and current mailing address is registered at UNE. If you need to update your mailing address you can do this under myUNE.

Domestic Students - Full Fee

This information is to help Domestic Full Fee Tuition Students meet important requirements for their enrolment, including paying your fees. As a domestic Full Fee Tuition student, you may be eligible to take advantage of FEE-HELP or you may pay your full invoiced tuition fee. Please refer to the FEE-HELP booklet and the Government's Study Assist for the details of what you need to do if you believe you are eligible and elect to take this option.

Key things to keep in mind:

  • If you elect FEE-HELP as a payment option, you must return a completed 'Request for FEE-HELP assistance' form with your Tax File Number (TFN) each time you start a new course.
  • FEE-HELP forms are available (once you have enrolled) through the Commonwealth Assistance Form Link in the myEnrol tab of myUNE.
  • The last day for submission of a 'Request for FEE-HELP assistance' form is the census date.
  • Invoices can be downloaded from the myUNE student portal from the first day of the teaching period onwards and a new online invoice can be downloaded for each enrolment variation.
  • All payments must be received at UNE by the due date indicated on your invoice.
  • If you wish to withdraw from a unit without financial penalty, you may do so prior to the census date. However you should note that to withdraw without financial penalty after the census date(re-credit FEE-HELP debt or refund of tuition fees) has very strict legal requirements. Please see below for details.
  • Ensure your correct and current mailing address is registered at UNE. If you need to update your mailing address go to myUNE.
  • If you elect not to use FEE-HELP and do not pay your tuition fees, the University will suspend all services and may cancel your enrolment.
International Students - Full Fee

This information is to help international students paying full fees to meet important requirements for your enrolment. As an international full fee student, you are required to pay your full invoiced tuition fees by the date indicated on your invoice.

Key things to keep in mind:

  • Invoices can be downloaded from the myUNE student portal from the first day of the teaching period onwards and a new online invoice can be downloaded for each enrolment variation.
  • All payments must be received at UNE by the date indicated on your invoice.
  • If you are a continuing student and wish to withdraw from a unit without financial penalty, you may do so prior to the census date.However you should note that to withdraw without financial penalty after the census date (refund of tuition fees) has very strict legal requirements. Please contact International Services for details.
  • Ensure your correct and current mailing address is registered at UNE. If you need to update your mailing address visit myUNE.
  • If you do not pay your tuition fees by the census date, UNE will cancel your enrolment.

Course fees for International Students

Other costs for consideration

In addition to course fees, you'll to consider the costs of textbooks and course materials. Further costs depend on whether you are studying on campus or online, and whether you choose to live on-campus or off-campus.

Textbooks and course materials

The costs of your textbooks and course materials will vary depending on subjects.

A list of requirements for courses will be posted in the Course and Unit Catalogue: use the left hand menu to search for the relevant unit information by using either the Unit Quick Search field or by searching for your unit code alphabetically. This information will be available between 2–3 months before your study commences. (You may be able to borrow some texts through Dixson Library, so check with your lecturers and Dixson Library before purchasing.)

You can order your texts from the On-Campus UNE Bookshop which offers discounts and payment options.

The Second Hand Bookshop offers an excellent cost-saving buying/selling outlet for student texts.

In the course of your studies you will also need to allow for photocopying costs.

You will also need stationary/software supplies to suit your requirements.

Off-campus students—specific information

If you are an off-campus student living elsewhere in Australia, your main costs will involve travel and accommodation for residential schools, if residential schools are part of your course. Your course information will state whether compulsory and/or optional residential schools are scheduled for your subjects.

You might also require on-campus child care during these periods. (See information in section below.)

Travel Options

Armidale is situated halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Highway; accessible by plane, train and bus services. Please see detailed information about travelling to Armidale.

Regular bus services also operate between the Armidale CBD and the University.

If you are driving to the UNE campus, please see information about parking costs on campus .

Accommodation Options

You will need to arrange accommodation to attend your residential schools, you have on-campus and off-campus accommodation options.

Casual accommodation fees and bookings

Your off-campus accommodation options will be sent to you in an information package about your residential school. Prices range anywhere from $30.00 – $160.00 per night depending on type of accommodation.

In all cases, early booking is strongly recommended.

On-campus students—specific information

All on-campus students requiring parking facilities will need to purchase a parking permit. This allows you to park in both the residential and academic areas of the university.

Living on-campus

Students living on campus save on transport costs:

  • The residences are walking distance to UNE faculties and facilities
  • There are regular bus services between residences / faculties / CBD
  • There are bike tracks through residences/faculties/CBD.

Living in and around Armidale

As a thriving University city, Armidale has a wide range of rental options available. If you intend to rent locally, you should contact Armidale Real Estates a couple of months in advance, as properties are snapped up quickly.

As a general guide, weekly rents are approximately:

  • $75–$130 for a bedroom in a shared house
  • $150–$200 for a single bedroom unit
  • $180–$300+ for a 3 bedroom or larger house.

The costs of setting up a rented premises will include:

  • Advance payment of two weeks rent
  • Bond (2–4 weeks rent)
  • Connection fees for phone, electricity/gas and water
  • Furniture (if needed).

You then need to consider your regular living expenses such as monthly/quarterly bills for:

  • Phone
  • Electricity
  • Heating
  • Excess water (if used)
  • Food / groceries
  • Transport — there are bus services from Armidale and bike tracks from Armidale to the UNE campus.
On-campus child care facilities

Yarm Gwanga is UNE's on-campus child care centre catering for children aged 6 weeks to preschool age.

Yarm Gwanga also provides UNE's Vacation Care Program for school-aged children. Information about this program will be provided in your residential information package.

For further information contact on 02 6773 3173 or send Yarm Gwang an email.