What is the International Tuition Fee Bursary?

A number of continuing and commencing international students are currently unable to come to Australia due to current Australian border restrictions. To support these students with their studies, and in acknowledgement that they are unable to fully engage in campus life, we have created the RMIT International Tuition Fee Bursary.

The bursary is a 10% reduction of tuition fees for full-fee paying international students who are unable to travel to Australia due to current border restrictions. The bursary is only available to students undertaking units of study from the start of Semester 2 2021 to the end of Semester 1 2022 including Spring, Summer and flexible term enrolments within 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.

 

Who is eligible for the bursary?

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

  • full-fee paying international students
  • enrolled at an Australian campus
  • enrolled in a higher education, vocational education or higher degree by research (HDR) and
  • unable to come to Australia due to current border restrictions in Semester 2 2021 and/or Semester 1 2022, and/or Spring, Summer and flexible term enrolments within this timeframe
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The following students are not eligible for the bursary: 

  • Domestic and HECS fee paying students
  • RMIT Online students
  • RMIT Vietnam students
  • RMIT Training students
  • 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
  • International students who are in Australia during the bursary period

 

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.
 

FAQs

We want to acknowledge the extended and prolonged nature of the border restrictions and the impact this has had on some of our students. Earlier this year, government advice indicated that international travel would have resumed by mid-2021, unfortunately this has not been the case so we wanted to acknowledge this.
No, you do not need to provide any evidence – we will be able to verify your location using the Australian Government Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system.
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).
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 some of our students have been unable to study in Australia due to the extended and prolonged nature of Australia's international border restrictions. These students are unable to return to Australia due to circumstances beyond their control.

International students who are studying onshore are better able to engage and connect with campus life. All students are also able to access a range of RMIT supports and services, including welfare and wellbeing support, study support, and academic safety net provisions including special consideration for students with compassionate and compelling circumstances.

The bursary is an acknowledgement that some of our students have been unable to study in Australia due to the extended and prolonged nature of Australia's international border restrictions. These students are unable to return to Australia due to circumstances beyond their control.

Domestic students who are studying onshore are better able to engage and connect with campus life. All students are also able to access a range of RMIT supports and services, 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, RMIT and government financial support is available. An appointment with a Student Welfare Advisor is recommended for help with understanding your options for financial assistance. To make an appointment, click on this link, fill in the form and select ‘Student Welfare’ as the service. A list of available times will appear when the form is complete.

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

Contact RMIT 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.

Need help?

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