Arrange your fees
How to Manage Your Fees
- If you don't have a TFN, get one. It's needed for HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, or SA-HELP loans.
- Apply at an Australia Post branch or online on the Australian Tax Office website.
- If you don't have a USI, visit the Unique Student Identifier website.
- Your USI is essential; it's free, stays with you for life, and tracks your qualifications.
- Make sure your USI is submitted exactly as it is provided to you by the USI registry.
- Ensure the personal details (“First Given name/Given name”, “Last/Family Name” and “Date of Birth”) you have provided to us also match the USI registry.
Understanding your USI: What you need to know
- A USI, or Unique Student Identifier, is a must for all students in Australia.
- Your USI is a lifelong ID that keeps a record of your qualifications and studies in Australia.
- It's free and essential, so make sure to get one.
Visit our Unique Student Identifie page for more information.
- In My Enrolment, select the Commonwealth Assistance tab.
- Choose "Add New" next to your newly admitted course.
- Complete the relevant forms based on your offer:
- Commonwealth Supported: Complete the 'Request for a Commonwealth supported place and a HECS-HELP loan' form. Consider 'Request for a SA-HELP loan' as well.
- Australian Fee Paying: Fill out 'Request for a FEE-HELP loan' and 'Request for a SA-HELP loan.'
- Ensure all information matches your legal details listed with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
Understanding your payment options
When it comes to fees, there are several options based on your eligibility.
1. Upfront payment:
- After successfully enrolling in your units (as explained in Step 3), you can find the relevant fees within the "Finances" tab of My Enrolment.
- If you're ready to pay immediately, simply click on "Make a Payment."
- Alternatively, you can access your statement of account in this tab. It provides a comprehensive list of all outstanding fees, ordered by their respective due dates. You can check this statement at any time.
2. Deferred payment:
- If you've successfully completed the necessary HECS-HELP, SA-HELP, or FEE-HELP forms in previous steps and have nominated to defer your fees, no further action is required from you.
- This means your fees will be automatically deferred as per your approved HELP forms.
3. Partial payment:
- For those who've selected HECS-HELP, SA-HELP, or FEE-HELP for fee deferral, but wish to make a partial payment, here's what to do:
- Ensure you make the payment by the due date, as specified in the upfront payment instructions.
- The remaining unpaid amount will be deferred in line with your approved HELP forms.
Every student will receive an emailed invoice .If all your fees are deferrable (such as with HECS-HELP, SA-HELP, or FEE-HELP), there's no requirement for an upfront payment.
Regardless of your chosen payment method, you must provide your Unique Student Identifier (USI) for the process to proceed smoothly. If you haven't submitted your USI with your Commonwealth Assistance form, you can use the USI eForm via myEnrolment. This ensures your payment records are accurately linked with your student profile.
Understanding SSAF (Student Services and Amenities Fee): What it is
- SSAF is a mandatory fee that supports non-academic amenities and services to enhance your student experience.
- Students who are incarcerated and international students studying at SCU Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, or offshore are also exempt from paying SSAF. Some preparatory courses are also exempt from SSAF.
- Learn more about SSAF exemptions, schedules, scenarios and more on our dedicated SSAF page.
Paying Your SSAF: Your Options
SSAF is charged in all sessions and study periods and must be paid each session by the due date.
The amount is consistent regardless of your enrolment mode or location, and it's charged per unit based on the unit's credit point value.
You have two payment options for SSAF:
- Pay SSAF each session by the due date. This prevents the fee from deferring to your SA-HELP loan.
- Full payment of SSAF or approval of an SA-HELP application must occur before the due date to avoid fee-related sanctions. These sanctions could include withholding of transcripts and final grades.
- Eligible students can apply to defer the SSAF to the SA-HELP loan scheme and complete a 'Request for a SA-HELP loan' form to defer SSAF to the SA-HELP loan scheme. Learn how to request and complete the form through My Enrolment.
SSAF covers non-academic amenities and services that enhance the student experience.
Other fee-related matters
Your Visa or Residency status must be confirmed before any HELP form can be approved. Ensure you submit the required HELP forms and email proof of your Visa or Residency status to firstname.lastname@example.org with supporting documents. The Enrolments team will review your documentation before approving your submitted HELP forms. If you've completed a HECS-HELP form, enrolment awaits this manual approval.
The due dates for fees are listed in the Finance tab of My Enrolment and are also included in any emailed invoice you receive. Convenient payment options include the SCU Payment Portal (recommended), BPay, or Post Billpay. Detailed instructions for the Payment Portal can be found on our Technology Services Self-Help page.
For Commonwealth Supported students, the government subsidises unit costs, and you cover the Student Contribution Amount. Pay up front or use HECS-HELP to defer, if eligible. Some students can't defer, so all must complete a HECS-HELP form and eligible students also complete a SA-HELP form for SSAF. Find forms in My Enrolment.
Fee-Paying students can pay up front or apply for FEE-HELP. FEE-HELP forms are in My Enrolment. Enrol in units (Step 3) and select payment method (Step 2). Repay FEE-HELP when you meet the income threshold. Limits apply. FEE-HELP is available to some, not others.
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