Before you apply for university, there are some costs to consider. These include:
For most postgraduate coursework programs you'll pay full tuition fees.
Tuition fees vary each year, and can depend on the courses you choose or the program you're enrolled in. You can pay these fees upfront or, if you're eligible, defer them through a FEE-HELP loan.
To help you estimate your costs, each program page shows an indicative annual fee, which is based on average first-year enrolment data. If you multiply the indicative fee by the number of years in the program, you can calculate an approximate total cost.
Actual fees may be lower or higher depending on the courses you choose and the time you take to complete a program. We review fees annually, and fees may be higher in later years.
Some programs also have extra costs for things like equipment or field trips. These costs are listed on the program page.
Commonwealth supported places (CSPs)
Some postgraduate programs have Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) available for eligible students. A CSP is a place that’s partially funded by the Australian Government.
The Government subsidises a CSP by paying part of the fee for the place directly to the university. The subsidy amount isn't a loan – you don’t have to pay this amount back.
You’re required to pay the remainder of the fee, known as the 'student contribution amount', for each course you’re enrolled in. You can pay this fee upfront or, if you're eligible, defer it through a HECS-HELP loan.
Learn more about eligibility for CSPs
To help you cover your costs, there's a range of financial support available, including:
The Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) offers several schemes to support eligible students with the cost of their education. There are 3 main schemes that support postgraduate students:
If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be able to use a FEE-HELP loan to cover your tuition fees.
We'll guide you through how to apply for FEE-HELP once you've accepted an offer to study at UQ.
There is a limit to the combined amount you can borrow through HELP loans to cover course fees. This includes HECS-HELP loans incurred from 2020 onwards, and all existing and new FEE-HELP loans.
If you're accepted in a Commonwealth Supported Place, you can't use FEE-HELP – you'll need to use HECS-HELP instead.