Options for paying your student contribution

What are my student contribution payment options?

You are required to make a student contribution towards your tuition fees if you are in a Commonwealth supported place. The payment options available to you are listed below. Not all of these options are available to all students.

Full up-front payment - available to all Commonwealth supported students
To make a full up front payment of your student contribution (100%) for all the units you are undertaking as part of a course of study. You must make this payment on or before the census date (or an earlier administrative deadline set by your provider) for your units.

If you do not intend to obtain a HECS-HELP loan, you are not required to provide your Tax File Number (TFN) on your Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form. However, it is wise to provide your TFN as a precaution. This will ensure that, if you are unable to make the up front payment on or before the census date you will be able to obtain a HECS-HELP loan and your enrolment will not be cancelled.

If you do not pay your entire student contribution up front and have not provided a TFN on or before the census date, your provider must cancel your enrolment as a Commonwealth supported student. Your provider does not have any discretion to accept an up front payment after the census date.

Partial up-front payment and HECS-HELP (subject to eligibility)
If you pay less than 100% of the student contribution for the units in which you are enrolled in a particular course of study that have the same census date, this is considered to be a partial up front payment. Partial up front payments must be made on or before the census date (or an earlier administrative deadline set by your provider). If you intend to make a partial up front payment, you must provide your TFN on your Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form to enable you to obtain a HECS-HELP loan for the unpaid portion of your student contribution. Failure to do so will result in your provider cancelling your enrolment as a Commonwealth supported student in that unit.

You can request how you wish your partial payment to be allocated to your tuition fees, by clicking on "Received Payments" in studentConnect and completing the "Request Payment Allocation" slip.

Full deferred - HECS-HELP (subject to eligibility)
To obtain a HECS-HELP loan for all or part of your student contribution, you must have included your TFN on your Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form. Your unpaid student contribution amount as at the census date will be deferred automatically through a HECS-HELP loan, and become a HELP debt.

Failure to provide your TFN will result in your provider cancelling your enrolment as a Commonwealth supported student in that unit if you have not made a full payment of your student contribution.

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