Nested Fees and costs
As a domestic undergraduate student, you need to consider the following costs of studying at university:
- course fees
- Student Services and Amenities Fee
- other costs such as textbooks, transport and living expenses.
Keep in mind the following:
The credit point value of a unit reflects the amount of work required in the unit. Each credit point in a session-long unit would indicate that you should expect to spend about three hours each week on that unit (including class contact hours).
The annual standard load equals 23 credit points and is also known as Effective Full-time Student Load (EFTSL).
The following examples only include 2017 fees. Please note that 2015 and 2016 fees are also available.
If you are an international student, please refer to our information for international fee paying students.
Domestic undergraduate students in bachelor programs are Commonwealth Supported, meaning the Australian government will pay part of your fees directly to Macquarie University with the remaining amount being paid by you. This amount is called your student contribution and can be paid up front at the beginning of each session or deferred through HECS-HELP (if eligible).
In order to defer payment through HECS-HELP, you must be an Australian citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa. Deferring payment means you do not pay up front, but your fees are transferred to the Australian Taxation Office to be paid off in the future. Once you enter the workforce and your income exceeds a certain threshold ($54,896 per year in 2017), you need to advise your employer to start deducting a percentage of your pay to go towards your HECS-HELP debt.
Non-eligible New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents cannot defer their course fees to a HECS-HELP loan.
How much will this cost me?
Course fees are set by the Australian Government and vary according to the particular subject area you study. The annual student contribution amount for each subject area, based on 23 credit points (full-time study load), falls into one of three bands:
Band 1 – humanities, behavioural science, social studies, education, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, nursing
Band 2 – mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, allied health, other health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
Band 3 – law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science
Student Services and Amenities Fee
The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a nominal amount to be paid on top of your student contribution per session by any part- or full-time domestic undergraduate student. It provides funding for student support services such as campus wellbeing, sport and recreation facilities, and food and beverage operations.
Full-time study load per session = $147
Part-time study load per session = $80
As with the student contribution for course fees, the SSAF can be paid upfront or deferred through SA-HELP.
Please note that the SSAF cannot be deferred via a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan.
Financial support and scholarships
You could be eligible for a portion of the $2.5 million in scholarships that Macquarie University awards each year to help students achieve their dream of higher education. We also provide a range of financial support services during your time at Macquarie. Government financial assistance is also available through Austudy, ABSTUDY and Youth Allowance.
Beyond your tuition fees, don’t forget the extra costs of being a student such as transport, textbooks and general living expenses. To find out how to manage your cost of study, visit Make Your Mark or the Office of Financial Services for more information.