International Tuition Fee Bursary

International students will receive a bursary of 10% of tuition fees for Semester 1 2022.

What is the International Tuition Fee Bursary?

The bursary provides a 10% reduction of tuition fees for eligible full-fee paying international students.  

The bursary is only available to students undertaking units of study for the first half of 2022 (1 January - 30 June 2022) including Semester 1, Spring, Summer and flexible term enrolments with a census date in this timeframe. The bursary will only cover tuition fees, it will not apply to other fees or services such as the Student Services or Amenities Fee (SSAF). 

A retrospective bursary for study prior to these study periods is not available.

Previously the bursary was only available to eligible international offshore students who were unable to travel to Australia due to border restrictions. We acknowledge that our international student community has been disproportionately impacted by border restrictions due to COVID-19. For this reason, we’re looking at a number of ways to support this important part of the RMIT community.

Who is eligible for the bursary?

To be eligible for the bursary students must meet ALL of the following criteria. Students must be:

  • Enrolled in a higher education or vocational education program
  • Enrolled at an Australian campus  
  • Enrolled in classes with a census date between 1 January - 30 June 2022 including Semester 1, Spring, Summer and flexible term enrolments 
  • Full-fee paying international students

The following students are not eligible for the bursary: 

  • All domestic fee paying students 
  • Commonwealth Supported Place & Government funded TAFE students
  • Higher Degree by Research students 
  • RMIT Online students
  • RMIT Vietnam students
  • RMIT Training students
  • Students studying via Open Universities Australia
  • Students studying through RMIT’s study partners outside Australia
  • Study Abroad students
  • Students already receiving a reduction in their fees through another RMIT scholarship, bursary or partner arrangement
  • Australian Government fully funded scholarship students

Why has the international bursary program been expanded?

Earlier this year, we launched the international tuition fee bursary as a means of supporting eligible international students who were unable to travel to Australia due to border restrictions. We've now expanded the program to include all international students as we acknowledge that our international student community has been disproportionately impacted by border restrictions due to COVID-19.

How do I get the bursary?

For commencing students, the bursary will be automatically applied at the time of acceptance and visible on the student’s first invoice or in Enrolment Online once the student enrols.

For continuing students, the bursary will be applied to tuition fees for units of study undertaken in the specified study periods following the last date to add/drop classes and, once applied, will be visible on the invoice and in Enrolment Online against tuition fees for eligible enrolments.

If you are eligible for the bursary but have already paid your fees, you can choose to leave the additional money in credit to be applied against future enrolments or apply for a refund.


The bursary will only cover tuition. It will not apply to other fees such as administrative fees, materials fees or Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

No, the bursary of 10% will only be available for students who are not in receipt of any other RMIT scholarships covering tuition fees.

No, Study Abroad students are not eligible for the bursary.

Yes, if you are eligible for the bursary, it will be applied to your fees for each eligible unit of study within the period of the bursary. This means, if you're studying part-time and have two units of study in a semester, the 10% bursary will be applied to your two units of study.

Students on a student visa should discuss any plans to reduce their study load with their School or College Academic Services team as reducing your study load may mean you do not complete your program within the duration of your current Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

The bursary is an acknowledgement that our international student community has been disproportionately impacted by border closures due to COVID-19.

All RMIT students are also able to access a range of RMIT services and supports, including welfare and wellbeing support, study support, and academic safety net provisions including special consideration for students with compassionate and compelling circumstances.

If you're experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for a Hardship Assistance Grant or you can book a financial welfare advice appointment to discuss your options for government or other financial assistance.

All students can also access RMIT's full range of student support services including free counselling and study support.

Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for Government and community financial support.

Contact Student Connect via the Ask about fees form and we will assess if you are eligible. If you are, we will adjust your fees to reflect the bursary and issue you with a credit or refund.

Yes, you can choose to leave the additional money in credit to be applied against future enrolments or apply for a refund.

These will be available from Monday 13 December 2021.

Need help?

If you have a question about the bursary that was not answered on this page, please submit your enquiry to Student Connect via the Ask about fees form.


This page was last updated 12 November 2021.

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