Understand your fees

Find out about your different types of fees, how to view their due dates and what happens if they're overdue.

Types of fees

All students at RMIT are charged fees that contribute to the cost of their program. The fees you’ll pay depend on your citizenship, the type of place you’ve been offered and the year you commenced your studies.

Fee type What the fees cover

Tuition fees

These are charged to all higher education, vocational education and preparatory students. You’ll be charged a fee to cover the cost of each course (subject) of your program.

Material and administration fees

These include fees and charges for activities such as field trips or materials like printing dyes or fabrics that become your property.

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

The SSAF is a compulsory fee set by the Australian Government on an annual basis. It funds services of a non-academic nature such as support services, clubs and careers events.

How to view your fees and due dates

All information about your fees is in Enrolment Online:

You can also view and print your tax invoice in My student record.

Overdue fees

If you don't pay your fees by their due date there may be serious consequences, including the cancellation of your enrolment. Go to Overdue fees and penalties for details. 

How to pay your fees

The preferred method is online via Visa or Mastercard, but you can also pay using other methods including from an overseas bank account.

Overdue fees and penalties

If you don't pay your fees by their due date there may be serious consequences, including the cancellation of your enrolment. 

Overdue penalties

Higher education students in a Commonwealth Supported Place

Your fees are paid in part by the Australian Government. The remaining amount shown on your invoice is your student contribution. 

It's a government condition of your enrolment into a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) that you pay your student contribution, or successfully apply for a HECS-HELP loan (if eligible) by the census date.

If you don't pay or secure your loan by the census date, RMIT is required under the Higher Education Support Act to cancel your enrolment until the next study period . There is no extension to the due date for your fees in a CSP.

If your enrolment is cancelled for failing to pay your student contribution by the census date, you:

  • will not be financially liable for the classes that are cancelled
  • can re-enrol in your classes in the next study period (if available).


All other students

You must pay all fees by the due date on your invoice. If you don't pay your fees by the due date, you may:

  • have restrictions placed on your student record
  • have your enrolment cancelled
  • become a University debtor 
  • be referred to an external debt collection agency 
  • become non-compliant with your student visa requirements
  • lose your scholarship or international sponsorship.

The following information explains what these penalties mean.

Debtor restrictions 

When fees are not paid by the due date, we apply certain restrictions to your student record. These restrictions will mean that you can't enrol, add classes, obtain a transcript of results or a Statement of Academic Completion, receive an award, or view your academic history (results) in Enrolment Online

Cancellation of enrolment and debt collection 

If you have more than $500 of unpaid tuition fees in your account after the due date, RMIT may cancel your enrolment in all of your current programs.

If your enrolment is cancelled you will:

  • be cancelled in all current programs even if you have paid (or have an approved HELP loan or VET Student Loan) for any other program/s that you're enrolled in
  • need to reapply to the University if you wish to continue your studies in the cancelled program/s
  • be required to pay the tuition fees for any course you've already received a grade for or that has already finished, as well as any materials or other fees e.g. Library fines.

 Any payments that you owe will be referred to a debt collection agency. These include:

  • tuition fees of $500 or more for a course for which you have already received a grade, or if the course has finished
  • tuition fees of $499.99 or less
  • all materials and other fees
International student visas 

If you're an international student and your enrolment is cancelled, your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) will also be cancelled. If your eCoE is cancelled, you may be in breach of your visa conditions. 

You should contact the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) immediately to find out what action you need to take to ensure you remain legally in Australia. If you don't contact the DHA, your student visa may be cancelled. 

Scholarship and international sponsored students

It's your responsibility to ensure that the funds to cover your fees are paid into your student account before the due date for each charge. If they're not, your fees will become overdue and the penalties outlined above will apply.


HELP loans and VET Student Loans

HELP loans and VET Student Loans cover tuition fees only. Administration and material fees are not covered by loans and need to be paid by the due date.

It's your responsibility to keep track of your combined HELP loan limit. Once you reach your HELP loan limit, you need to pay your remaining tuition fees by the due date.

Vocational education student fee concessions

If eligible, you can apply for a concession (discount) on fees for your government subsidised place in an RMIT vocational education program. 

You must apply before your class start date to access the concession fee rate. 

You're eligible for a fee concession if:

  • you're enrolling in a certificate I-IV program, and
  • you hold a current Centrelink concession card or are waiting for a Centrelink concession card.

You're ineligible to apply for a fee concession if you:

  • are enrolled in a vocational graduate certificate or vocational graduate diploma program
  • commenced a diploma or advanced diploma program on or after 1 July 2012
  • are enrolled in an Australian full-fee place or international full-fee place.

Need help?

If you have a question about your fees, contact Student Connect.

If you're having trouble paying your fees or experiencing financial difficulties, there is help available. Book an appointment with a Student Support Advisor as soon as possible to discuss your options. Some ways to manage your fees might be to:

Remember to check your important dates for deadlines to change your enrolment. 

If you're an international student, you must ensure any enrolment changes are not in breach of your visa conditions

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