Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We know going to uni can seem complicated, so we created this assortment of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to assist you.
You can also search FAQs across the site using the main search. If you can't find the answer or you would like more information contact our team, we are here to help.
FAQs: Applying, QTAC and UAC
Applications to study on campus and some distance education degrees are made online through the University Admissions Centre (UAC), or the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). You can apply for a number of courses in this application - we recommend you include a pathway course in your list of preferences in case we are unable to make you an offer for your first choice of degree.
Most applications to study via distance education are submitted online directly to Southern Cross University. For details see the how to apply page.
For undergraduate courses that are applied for via UAC or QTAC, offers are released on various dates and these dates are called 'offer rounds'. Normally, the earlier that you apply the more offer rounds you can be considered for.
Most offers are made in the Main Round of a given intake. Check the UAC or QTAC websites for key dates for offer rounds, including last dates to apply and submit supporting documents.
You will receive your offer via email. All the information you need to accept/decline/defer, arrange payment of your course and enrol in units will be in this email.
As a non-school leaver you will be assessed on your highest level of education or relevant work experience. Find out more on our Alternative Pathways website. If you haven't completed AQF recognised study or relevant work experience, you may gain entry via our fee-free enabling course, the Preparing for Success Program.
SCU offers a broad range of services to assist you throughout your studies. Some of these services include:
- Academic skills development (Student Learning Zone)
- Careers and Employability
- Equity and Inclusion
- SCU Mates peer mentoring program
- Student loans
- Student representation
Information about all services is available at the Services for SCU students page.
Entry ranks and pre-requisites may be different for each course. To find this information, search or browse for a course. Once you have retrieved results click on the course name to view the course information.
The entry rank is listed under 'Domestic' or 'International' tab and will be displayed as ATAR /OP equivalent, which is based on your year 12 results or or your highest level of education.
Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Some units may require attendance at university or workshops for a set period of time, such as a week or weekend during the session. To find out more, contact the Future Students Team.
Applications to study by distance education are made directly to SCU. From a course sheet check that the course is offered by Online Education (this is shown under Locations in the domestic course summary) To apply, go to the How to Apply tab and click the Apply Online button.
For details see the how to apply page.
FAQs: Campus and accommodation
Our campuses are located in northern NSW, Sydney and south-eastern QLD.
We also offer the award-winning Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management and for international students, business courses at The Hotel School Sydney, The Hotel School Brisbane and The Hotel School Melbourne.
Open Days are held at each campus and all sessions are available online. These events provide an opportunity to discover more about SCU campuses, courses, university life and the support and services on offer.
FAQs: Costs, fees and finances
HECS-HELP is a loan program where eligible Commonwealth supported students receive a financial subsidy from the Australian Government.
For eligible students, the Australian Government contributes an amount to the cost of study in the form of a loan.
The loan is repaid when income reaches the compulsory repayment threshold. For more information, see the see the Australian Government's Study Assist website.
Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that the students only pay the student contribution amounts for their units of study. Commonwealth supported places are available at all public universities, including Southern Cross University.
For more information, see the Australian Government's Commonwealth supported places page.
To be eligible for HECS-HELP you must be an Australian citizen or on a Humanitarian Visa with a valid tax file number. Other eligibility requirements apply; see the Australian Government's Study Assist website.
Austudy and Abstudy are forms of financial assistance for full-time students from the Australian Government. You will need to contact Centrelink to determine your eligibility.
See the Australian Government's Department of Human Services students and trainees page for eligibility information.
You can find some information about study requirement and textbooks using SCU’s Unit Search Tool.
You can also look up and order your textbooks from The School Locker.
Note: Textbook requirements will be confirmed in the Unit Outline on the Unit Learning Site. This is normally available 2 weeks prior to the commencement of each study session. Purchasing textbooks too early may result in disappointment as details may change prior to the week before session starts.
FAQs: Advanced standing
We recommend you submit your application for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission to your preferred course. See the applying for advanced standing website for application details.