The Australian Government has recently proposed changes to the way tertiary education is funded from 2021. Please note these changes are subject to the passage of legislation, and refer to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website for the most up-to-date information on the status of those changes.
What this means for you
If you enrol in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Under these proposed changes, the amount of money the Government provides RMIT (the Commonwealth contribution) for different courses will change in 2021. This means the amount of money you will be charged (the student contribution) is also likely to change compared to the 2021 rate.
Students studying courses in key growth areas will see reductions in their student contributions, including for science, engineering, health, architecture, education, nursing and mathematics, compared to 2020 fee rates.
These changes will commence on 1 January 2021, subject to the passage of legislation.
Students commencing study in 2021 in arts, law, economics, creative arts and communications courses will see increases in student contributions for those units compared to 2020.
Continuing students will contribute the same amounts for arts, law, economics, creative arts and communications courses as they would have done before this policy was implemented. For more information, see the section below 'Grandfathering arrangements for continuing students'.
Note: applicants who deferred a 2020 offer are commencing students in 2021 and their fees will be charged accordingly.
Commonwealth supported places and HECS-HELP
A Commonwealth supported place is not the same as HECS-HELP. Eligible students in a CSP may also apply for a HECS-HELP loan from the Australian Government to pay for these fees. If you are approved for a HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan, the Australian Government will pay RMIT on your behalf, up to the full amount of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
Please contact Study@RMIT