Overdue fees and penalties
What happens if I don't pay on time?
As an RMIT student, you're expected to pay your fees by the due date shown on your tax invoice. To check your current fees:
- Log in to Enrolment Online
- Select My Student Record, then go to Financial details.
It's your responsibility to understand how much you owe and the date that your fees are due.
If you don't pay your fees by the due date, you may:
- be charged a late payment fee of $250
- 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
Overdue fee penalties
Late payment fee
Any charges not paid by the due date will appear on your next tax invoice as overdue - pay now and you may be charged a late payment fee of $250. Once charged, the late payment fee can't be cancelled and must be paid.
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
- have to reapply to the University if you wish to continue your studies in the cancelled program/s.
- still have 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 e.g. library fines.
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 are 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
If you have an approved HELP loan (HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP), or a VET Student Loan, your fees will appear on your invoice and in Enrolment Online. This is to give you the opportunity to make a payment before the census date. Your fees will automatically be deferred after the census date less any payments you've made.
Administration and material fees are not covered by loans and need to be paid by the due date.
If your VET Student Loan doesn't cover the total amount of tuition fees, you need to pay the difference 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.
Having trouble paying your fees?
If you're having difficulty paying your fees or think you might in the future, there is help available. Read about our support services and book an appointment with a Student Support Advisor as soon as possible to discuss your options.
Other ways to manage your fees might be to:
- reduce your fees by changing your enrolment
- apply for a leave of absence for a semester, or
- if you cannot afford your tuition fees, you may need to cancel your enrolment.
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.