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A provider must charge all domestic and overseas students a tuition fee for each subject. All fees are payable on a semester-by-semester basis.

FEE-HELP provides a loan to eligible fee-paying students to pay for all or part of their tuition fees for subjects that are undertaken with an approved provider.

Students may also wholly pay for subjects upfront, or they may choose to utilise both FEE-HELP and upfront payments for pay their tuition fees.

Tuition fees are reviewed each year and students are liable for the additional tuition costs if the tuition fees rise during the course of their enrolment.

For further information please contact our Student Centre at studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au or on 1300 223 877.

Census dates

AFTRS is required by the Commonwealth Government to set a Census Date for each unit of study it offers. To find the census date for the units of study in your course, refer to the Fees Schedule above.


  • The date that a student become financially liable for any subject/s in which they are enrolled
  • The final day that a student can withdraw from a subject without financial liability
  • The date when a student incurs a FEE-HELP debt for any subjects for which they have taken out a FEE-HELP loan

Each subject has its own census date based on its study period. Students are expected to be aware of each census date for each subject that they enrol in.


FEE-HELP is a loan from the Australian Government for eligible higher education students to pay tuition fees. All AFTRS award courses are FEE-HELP approved. AFTRS will assess a student’s eligibly for FEE-HELP when a student indicates their intention to utilise the FEE-HELP scheme.

FEE-HELP Factsheet


To get a FEE-HELP loan, a student must:

  • be one of the following:
    • an Australian citizen who will study at least one unit of your course of study in Australia; or
    • a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder, or eligible former New Zealand SCV holder; who meets the long term residency requirements and who studies the entire course while living in Australia; or
    • a permanent humanitarian visa holder; or an eligible former permanent humanitarian visa holder; who studies the entire course while living in Australia
  • be enrolled in a fee-paying place at a provider that offers FEE-HELP loans
  • be enrolled in an eligible course at your provider by the census date (all AFTRS courses are eligible)
  • submit the Request for FEE-HELP loan form to your provider by the census date
  • have an available HELP balance
  • provide your provider with your Unique Student Identifier (USI) prior to the first census date (for new enrolments from 1 January 2021) unless an exemption applies
  • not undertake more than 2 years’ worth of higher education study in the last 12 months (unless your provider has approved a higher study load.
  • maintain a completion rate of 50 per cent or above:
    • to continue to be eligible for FEE-HELP if you are studying at a non-university higher education provider

To get a FEE-Help loan, a student will need:

  • a tax file number (TFN), or Certificate of application for a TFN
  • a USI
  • a Request for FEE-HELP loan form

Upfront Fee Payment

Where FEE-HELP is not available or if a student chooses to, they may choose to pay their fees upfront. AFTRS will issue a tax invoice at the beginning of semester for all upfront payments (with payment options).

If you are a FEE-HELP paying student and you would like to change your payment method to upfront or make a partial upfront payment, contact the Student Centre.

Incidental and Other Fees


Fees for food, transport and accommodation costs associated with the provision of field trips that form part of the course. Mandatory for specified subjects and payable by invoice.


AFTRS charges $75.00 per graduand to attend the graduation ceremony; inclusive of mandatory gown hire, any post ceremony events that are scheduled, and a photograph of the student receiving your testamur and transcript.

Graduands who do not attend the graduation ceremony will be contacted to arrange a time for collection of their certificates from the Student Centre, or to confirm their postal address where the certificates can be mailed via registered post.

Further information regarding the payment of your graduation fee will be received with your invitation.

Tuition assurances exemption

Tuition assurance is a requirement of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) for all Higher Education Providers which means students can access alternative courses of study and or be financially compensated if the Higher Education Provider ceases being able to provide a course of study.

AFTRS has been granted a ministerial exemption from these requirements on the basis that:

  • Its funding is secure
  • It is extremely unlikely that AFTRS will be in a position where it will be unable to deliver a course of study due to its established position as a federally funded government institution.
  • The specialised nature of AFTRS courses of study and the unique production model offered is not available at any other institution in Australia.

DISCLAIMER ** Changes in circumstances may impact upon the accuracy or currency of information. While AFTRS takes all due care to ensure that the information is accurate, it reserves the right to vary any information described here without notice.