Fees Information

Notre Dame is committed to making its courses affordable and accessible. There are a number of payment options available to students studying at Notre Dame. (All students at universities in Australia are required to pay fees.)

Students who are Australian Citizens, holders of Permanent Humanitarian Visas and *eligible New Zealand Citizens who wish to defer their fees, have access to the Australian Government's HELP loan schemes.

*The Australian Government has passed legislation allowing certain New Zealand Citizens to have access to HELP loans from 1st January 2016. New Zealand Citizens are encouraged to assess their eligibility by visiting: www.studyassist.gov.au.

  • Students who receive a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) are eligible to defer their fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.
  • Alternatively, students who receive a non-CSP place can defer their fees through the FEE-HELP loan scheme.

Under both deferred payment options, the Government pays the students' tuition fees directly to Notre Dame on their behalf. Students are required to pay back this loan from the Government when they earn above the minimum salary threshold - $54,126 in the 2015-2016 financial year.

What is the difference between the HECS-HELP AND FEE-HELP loan schemes?

HECS-HELP
Students who elect to take up a HECS-HELP loan scheme are required to pay back the cost of their units of study plus indexation in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

FEE-HELP
Students who elect to take up a FEE-HELP loan scheme are required to pay back the cost of their units of study plus indexation in line with the CPI. In addition to this indexation, a loan fee of 25% is applied by the Government to FEE-HELP loans for all undergraduate courses or Foundation Year students in fee-paying streams.

Early repayments of debt under both schemes will result in bonus discounts being applied by the Government.

HECS-HELP

Since 1999, the Australian Government has provided an increasing number of CSPs for Notre Dame courses. Over half of all students enrolled at Notre Dame are now eligible for HECS-HELP.

Subject to the availability of places, it is expected that HECS-HELP will be available to most commencing students enrolling in the following courses at Notre Dame:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Education (pre-service undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Foundation Year (in the Education, Health Sciences and Nursing streams)*
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Medicine
  • Nursing (undergraduate)
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Physiotherapy (undergraduate)
  • Preventive Health
  • Tertiary Enabling Program*

* Students who receive a CSP are able to enrol in the Foundation Year program (in the Education, Health Sciences and Nursing streams) and in the Tertiary Enabling Program at no cost.

Students are also eligible for HECS-HELP when enrolled in a double degree that includes at least one of the above courses (including in areas of Commerce and Law).

Such double degrees include, but are not limited to:

  • Arts/Education (Secondary)
  • Biomedical Science/Preventive Health
  • Education (Secondary)/Science
  • Exercise and Sport Science/Biomedical Science
  • Exercise and Sport Science/Preventive Health
  • Law/Biomedical Science

The availability of HECS-HELP for the following course is subject to regular review. At present HECS-HELP is not available to commencing students, however, this may change in the future. Students in this course do have access to FEE-HELP.

  • Behavioural Science

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is available to students enrolled in the following courses at Notre Dame:

  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Communications and Media
  • Counselling
  • Education (post-service teaching)
  • Foundation Year (in the Arts & Sciences and Business streams)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Law
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Medicine
  • Nursing (postgraduate)
  • Philosophy
  • Physiotherapy (postgraduate)
  • Science
  • Sport and Recreation Management
  • Theology

What are the Census and Academic Penalty Dates?

  • The Census Date (financial) is the last day that you can submit a request for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.
  • The Census Date is the last day that you can withdraw from a unit without incurring financial liability.
  • The Academic Penalty date is the last date that you can withdraw from a unit without receiving a WF (Withdraw/Fail) grade.

Fees – Costs and Payment

The FEE-HELP limit (that is, the maximum amount that a student can borrow under FEE-HELP) in 2016 is $124,238 for Medicine students and $99,389 for all other students. Students are not required to commence compulsory repayment of their HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan until their taxable income reaches $54,126 in the 2015-2016 financial year. This amount is amended through a CPI indexing calculation each year.

For more information on fees (Domestic & International) and HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP, please: