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Financial Assistance

Your course costs are calculated after the Commonwealth Supported Place contribution (this is where the Australian Government contributes part of your course fees). The course fee listed is your contribution which you can pay with a HECS-HELP loan. You start paying for your course through tax deductions when your income reaches a certain level. These earnings threshold levels are set by the Government. Or, you can pay upfront if you wish.

Course costs**

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Your deferred contribution
Student Contribution under HECS-HELP*
Government contribution
Commonwealth Supported Place
Total cost
Accumulated course cost

*Eligibility criteria applies.

**The University reserves the right to vary fees on an annual basis. Fees will not normally rise above 7 per cent per annum for continuing students. Should the University decide to increase its fees, that increase will take effect on 1 January of the following year. While every effort has been made by La Trobe University to ensure that the information on this website is up to date and accurate, La Trobe University does not give any guarantees, undertakings or warranties in relation to the accuracy completeness and up to date status of the above information.

To be eligible for HECS-HELP, you must:

What if am a Permanent Resident?

As a Permanent Resident, you are eligible for the Government's CSP (Commonwealth Supported Place) funding. CSP is a Government grant to assist with your study. You do not have to pay this back to the Government. However, any shortfall between the CSP grant and the total course cost, must be self-funded.

For more information on HECS-HELP loans and Commonwealth Supported Places, see the Australian Government Study Assist website.

What are my fee payment options?
What are HECS-HELP Loans?

HECS-HELP is a loan from the Commonwealth that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees for Diploma and Degree courses undertaken at an approved provider.

  1. HECS-HELP assistance is a loan from the Commonwealth;
  2. the loan will remain as a personal debt obligation until it is repaid to the Commonwealth;
  3. the loan may affect (by reducing) the person’s take home (after tax) wage or salary until the debt is repaid, and may affect the borrowing capacity of the person until the debt is repaid to the Commonwealth;
  4. census date(s) will apply
  5. a student may cancel their enrolment by:
    1. withdrawing from each unit of study on or before the census date; and
    2. in accordance with the provider’s withdrawal policy;
  6. withdrawal will result in the student:
    1. not incurring a HECS-HELP debt; and/or
    2. receiving a refund for any up-front tuition fee payments made on or before the census date; and
  7. a student may wish to seek independent financial advice prior to applying for a HECS-HELP loan.
  8. For more information on HECS-HELP loans and Commonwealth Supported Places, see the Australian Government Study Assist website.
What are Commonwealth Supported Places?

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP's) is a course subsidised by the Federal Government so that students are only required to pay a ‘student contribution’ amount, rather than the total tuition fees.

When can I start?

You can start your business course as soon as you have been offered a place. We have rolling monthly intakes, so there is no waiting for next year or mid-year intakes. Your course begins when you want it to begin.

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You have to start repaying your HELP debt through the taxation system once your repayment income is above the compulsory repayment threshold, even if you are still studying. The compulsory repayment threshold is adjusted each year. The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2017-2018 income year is $55,874.

Repayment income is calculated from the amounts given on your income tax return for:

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