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  • a citizen of Australia or New Zealand,
  • an Australian permanent resident, or
  • a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.

You're an international student if you are:

  • intending to study on a student visa,
  • not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand,
  • not an Australian permanent resident, or
  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia.
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Cost of attendance for US federal government loans

Your cost of attendance is an estimate of your educational expenses based on the duration of your study.

When you apply for US federal government loans, we'll calculate your cost of attendance (COA). This amount is calculated to cover your educational expenses, such as your tuition fees and living costs.

Your COA is the total amount you may borrow through US federal government loans, excluding any other aid (e.g scholarships) you may be receiving. This amount will be included on your UQ financial aid award letter.

All aid you receive through US Federal Government or private loans can't exceed your approved COA.

Educational expenses

Educational expenses calculated in your annual COA are detailed below. These figures are reviewed and updated annually.

Expense Explanation Amount
Tuition fees Tuition fees depend on your program Varies – refer to your offer letter
Living allowance Includes room, board, personal expenses, transportation, textbooks and supplies A$843 per academic week for most students
US$30,098 for Ochsner Phase 2 students
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) OSHC costs depend on the length of your program Varies – refer to your offer letter
Program-related expenses

One-off allowance to cover establishment costs (e.g. student visa, relocation expenses, equipment)


Return airfare   A$3500
Program-related expenses for students applying for residency programs Medical student expenses Varies

How exchange rates affect your COA

US federal government loans can be affected by exchange rate fluctuations, when amounts are converted between Australian and US dollars.

As conversions occur at different times during the year, each conversion will result in a rate risk due to movement in the exchange rate. It's your responsibility to understand and accept this risk.

For more information on how your funds will be paid out, email


If you believe that your COA calculation doesn't accurately reflect your actual cost of attendance, you can submit an appeal with all supporting documentation to

A successful appeal must align with the regulatory requirements described in the Federal Student Aid Handbook.

We'll review your appeal and advise you of the outcome within 5 to 7 business days.


UQ Financial Aid Office

Phone: +61 7 3346 0690
              +61 7 3365 7927