Non-award FAQs

Non-award FAQs

What is Non-award study?

Non-award enrolment means that you are studying outside of an award (degree or diploma). As a Non-award student, you attend the same classes, and do the same work as degree/diploma students, including the same tests and examinations. When you successfully complete a Non-award unit, it can be counted towards the requirements of an award if you enrol in a Macquarie degree or diploma at a later stage.

Can I count my Non-award study toward the requirements for a degree?

Yes, you can count the credit points towards the total needed to complete a degree, but your Non-award grades cannot be counted towards the degree grade point average (GPA) .

What does it cost?

There is a non-refundable $75 application fee, and students pay up-front tuition fees based on the number of credit points they enrol in each session. Units (subjects) are generally worth 3 or 4 credit points each, and fees vary according to the Faculty teaching the units. The Non-award tuition fees can be found on the university fees web page.

Is Non-award study open to everyone?

It is necessary to be an Australian citizen, or to have permanent resident status to be eligible to enrol as a Non-award student. If you don't fall into either of these categories, please contact Student Connect to discuss possible eligibility.

If you are a domestic student from another university wishing to enrol in a unit to count towards your degree at your home institution, you should first consider enrolling as a cross-institutional student.

Which units (subjects) can I do?

Most units are available to Non-award students who meet the prerequisites for entry, but there are some popular units in which places offered to Non-award students may be very limited. A full list of units offered by the University is available in the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Handbooks.

The Undergraduate and Postgraduate Schedules of Units are also available online on our Handbook.

Units suitable for general interest study (these are not generally suitable for recent school-leavers seeking entry to a degree).

Non-award study for professional development

How do I apply?

You will need to complete the online application form along with the supplementary application form. Please refer to Apply for Non-award for further details.

What do I need to provide with my application?

All applicants must provide verified proof of identity (full details of what is required is provided with the application form) along with evidence of previous studies, such as a transcript.

How will I know if I've been accepted?

If you are eligible for the units you have chosen, we will enrol you in them and send you official confirmation of your enrolment status to your nominated email address. You will be notified as soon as possible of your application result, but please keep in mind that this is our busiest time of year. Students are expected to be notified by email to the nominated email address on the application form (usually 2-3 weeks) after the final closing date.

The first time you are enrolled, you will also be sent a tax invoice for your fees, which will be due on the Friday before classes commence. For all subsequent enrolments, you will be able to confirm your enrolment and fees due via eStudent by selecting 'Check My Finances'.

When do I have to pay my tuition fees?

Session 1, 2016 tuition fees are due by 26 February 2016
Session 2, 2016 tuition fees are due by 29 July 2016

There is an additional $200 late payment fee imposed by the Office of Revenue Services for fees paid after the due date.

You can find out how to pay your fees at

Failure to pay tuition fees in full by the due date will result in cancellation of all Non-award units enrolled into for that session.

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