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Student services and amenities fees

On October 11, 2011 the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing universities to charge a fee for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature.

The Minister for Tertiary Education also issued universities with strict guidelines on what your Student Services and Amenities Fees may be spent on. You can read about the guidelines on the Australian Government website.

  • Charles Darwin University aims to develop and deliver projects, activities, and services to improve the student experience and develop student growth among our diverse student cohort in 2019.

    Some of these activities and initiatives include:

    • promoting the health and welfare of students by providing an out-of-hours Crisis Line exclusively for CDU students and a Counsellor for on campus or online support
    • providing free postage for textbooks from the CDU Bookshop and library books for those students who are not near a CDU Campus
    • contribute to student Orientation and events during semesters.
    • advising on matters arising under the higher education provider's rules and advocating students' interests in matters arising under the same by employing a student advocate
    • helping students develop skills for study by providing after-hours learning skills facilitators who can be contacted in person, by phone or email
    • helping students develop skills for study by providing 24/7 online tutor support.
    • assisting students with careers advice through workshops and drop-in services in person and online 
    • develop interactive activities for online students to engage with other students.
    • providing student diaries.

    Funds are also available to CDU student clubs and societies including the CDU student association.

  • Student groups8%
    Advocacy, careers and counselling37%
    Student support36%
    Book postage and diaries19%
  • *The 2021 fee value will be the same as 2020.

    The 2020 fee value is $37.50 per 10 credit points and the maximum fee that will be charged will be $300.

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    The 2019 fee value is $32.50 per 10 credit points and the maximum fee that will be charged will be $260.

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  • Australian citizens or permanent residents and all international students who commenced after 2012, in the following categories, are required to pay this fee.

    1. Coursework course (this excludes all research courses).
    2. Miscellaneous course (students wishing to study a couple of units without enrolling into a course of study).
    3. Cross-institutional course (students studying a course of study with another institution but have elected to study one or more with CDU to count towards their course).
  • Fees will be payable by the census date of each teaching period for domestic students.

    New international students will pay the fee upon acceptance of their offer.

  • Students are able to pay the fee upfront.

    Eligible students, who are unable to pay all or part of the fee upfront, can request assistance from the Commonwealth via the Services and Amenities-Higher Education Loan Program (SA-HELP).

    The amount of the loan will be added to the student’s accumulated HECS-HELP debt.  An eligible student will be able to take out a SA-HELP loan even if they do not wish to take out any other HELP loan.

    To be eligible for SA-HELP you need to:

    • be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa who will be resident in Australia for the duration of the unit
    • be enrolled in a course of study
    • meet the Tax File Number (TFN) requirements
    • have lodged your Request for SA –HELP assistance form by the due date.

    If you are eligible for SA-HELP, you will be prompted to complete the form when enrolling via My Student Info. Visit HELP loans for details on how to access a SA-HELP loan. 

    Before applying for the SA-HELP loan please first read the SA HELP Booklet (PDF, 707.74 KB) .

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  • Students are unable to defer their Student Services and Amenities Fee when they are studying at a host university.


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