Calculating tuition fees for domestic full-fee students

After students enrol, they are sent an invoice for the amount they will need to pay for their program fees and other expenses. If you wish to work out what your fees will be ahead of time, the following information will assist you to do that.

What are full-fee students?

Anyone enrolled in a domestic full-fee place is considered to be a full-fee student. A full-fee place is a higher education place at RMIT that receives no financial contribution from the Commonwealth. The fees cover the full tuition cost of a program.

Only students who are:

a) Australian citizens;
b) New Zealand citizens; or
c) hold an Australian Permanent Resident Visa,

are eligible for a domestic full-fee place.

Students who are in one of the above categories, but not in a domestic full-fee place will be Commonwealth supported students.

Students who do not fall into criteria a), b), or c) should refer to the RMIT International fees site

Australian Citizens and holders of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa may:

Students who wish to defer fees must provide RMIT with their tax file number before the census date in first semester. Students may still make upfront payments if they choose to. These payments will be deducted from the amount that the Government lends a student through the HELP scheme.

New Zealand Citizens and most permanent residents (except holders of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa) must pay fees upfront. Payments are due on or before the census date in each semester.

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How much can a full-fee student expect to pay?

Domestic full-fee students pay fees based upon the number of credit points they are enrolled in for a program and the fee-per-credit-point for that program in the current year. To determine tuition fees, students need to know the total credit points they are enrolled in and the fee-per-credit-point for their program in the year of study.

Most programs at RMIT have a standard annual full-time load of 96 credit points, so students can estimate their expected tuition fee for the year by multiplying the fee-per-credit-point by 96.

They can also calculate the cost of any course in the same way. The list of courses offered by RMIT contains the credit point values for each course. The undergraduate and postgraduate full fees list contains the fee per credit point for your program.

Example of fee calculation

In 2014, a student will be enrolled full-time in GD071 Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design. To calculate the annual tuition fee for this program the student needs to multiply the number of credit points by the fees-per-credit-point as follows:

Credit Points

Fee Per Credit Point

Annual Tuition Fee






Don’t forget to include other fees such as material fees to determine overall costs.

Please note

Some programs, for example double degrees, may require enrolment in more than 96 credit points in each year to enable students to complete the program in the allocated time. To calculate fees in these programs, students will need to know how many credit points are required in the year of their enrolment.

For example, in 2014 a student will be enrolled full-time in MC078 Master of Fine Art. This is an accelerated program, offered over 3 semesters within 1 calendar year in the full-time mode. Their tuition fee for 2014 can be calculated as follows:

Credit Points

Fee Per Credit Point

Annual Tuition Fee






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